Hibs make midfielder Martin Scott available for loan

Scott (right) has not played for Hibs since 22 February
Scott (right) has not played for Hibs since 22 February

Hibernian midfielder Martin Scott has been made available for loan by manager Pat Fenlon.

The 26-year-old joined Hibs from Ross County for a reported £80,000 on a three-and-a-half year contract in January 2011.

But a statement on Hibs' website pointed out that he "has not featured in Hibernian's starting line-up since the beginning of January".

His last appearance came as a sub against Motherwell on 22 February.

"Midfielder Martin Scott has also been made available for loan after being told by manager Pat Fenlon he would not feature in his first-team plans for the rest of the season," said the club's statement.

Scott followed Derek Adams from County to Easter Road, the Dingwall side's manager having moved to become assistant to Colin Calderwood.

Adams returned to the First Division club in May and, the following month, Scott was involved in a training ground bust-up that left team-mate Sean Welsh with a fractured cheekbone.

Fenlon succeeded Calderwood in November and Scott remained in the starting line-up for the Irishman's first three games in charge.

However, his last three appearances have come off the bench as the Edinburgh side battle against relegation from the Scottish Premier League.

In all, Scott has made 18 starts and 11 substitute appearances for Hibs in his 13 months with the club.

Meanwhile, Fenlon has revealed that defenders Ian Murray and James McPake, plus forward Danny Galbraith, are poised for imminent returns to action following injury.

Hibs are three points above bottom side Dunfermline Athletic and the manager realises his side are in the spotlight.

"We're the big club that's in trouble and people want to jump on that bandwagon," added Fenlon.

"That's just something we've got to be able to deal with. That's an added pressure, but we have to accept that.

"If you want to play for a big club - like we are - then you have to be able to take criticism on the chin.

"We need to use that as a motivational tool rather than let it get to us.

"A lot of people would like to see us struggle, but there is no point complaining about that - it is just a fact of life."

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