Date: 13th June 2018 at 7:12am
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Hibs will have to fend off competition from England if they wish to complete the signing of Ali Crawford reports the Scottish Sun.

The 26 year old midfielder has recently departed Hamilton Accies in search of a new challenge and Neil Lennon has long been recongnised as a fan of the player who made nearly 270 appearances for the Lanarkshire outfit.

Lennon singled out the star for praise during a Hamilton v Celtic match in his role as a BT Sport pundit earlier this year but downplayed speculation in regards to a transfer ahead of Hibs final league game of the season against Rangers.

Crawford, released by Hearts as a youth, has impressed for Martin Canning’s outfit who continually punch above their weight to stay in the top flight.

Blackpool, alongside Motherwell and Hibs, are accredited with an interest in the player with Crawford confirming the Fir Park side have already approached his agent regarding a switch to Accies local rivals.

Any move by the Hibees may well depend on the futures of Dylan McGeouch, Scott Allan and John McGinn with newly capped Scotland international McGeouch currently considering a new contract offer at Easter Road, McGinn in high demand and Allan hopeful of a permanent deal following his successful return on loan last season.