Former Hibs striker Marc McNulty linked with move back to Scottish Premiership

Reading frontman wanted on season-long loan move

Tuesday, 29th September 2020, 12:20 pm
Updated Tuesday, 29th September 2020, 12:39 pm
Hibs striker Marc McNulty challenges Hearts defender Sean Clare during the Edinburgh derby at Easter Road on March 3, 2020. (Photo by Ross Parker / SNS Group)
Hibs striker Marc McNulty challenges Hearts defender Sean Clare during the Edinburgh derby at Easter Road on March 3, 2020. (Photo by Ross Parker / SNS Group)

Former Hibs striker Marc McNulty has emerged as a target for Scottish Premiership rivals Dundee United.

The Reading front man, who had loan spells at Easter Road in each of the last two seasons, has struggled to nail down a first team place at the Championship club since moving from Coventry City in 2018.

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And according the Courier, United boss Mickey Mellon is keen to bring the twice capped Scotland striker to Tannadice on a season-long loan move that would see him link-up with fellow international Lawrence Shankland.

United are understood to face competition for the 28-year-old, who also has suitors in League One in England, where he scored 28 goals in one season for Coventry, prompting Reading to pay a £1 million transfer fee for him.

McNulty has made two appearances for the Royals this term, both in the Carabao Cup, but hasn’t yet made a league appearance this season.

His first loan move to Easter Road in January 2019 proved successful as McNulty scored eight times in 13 starts, culminating in a first Scotland call-up, although his second spell last term was cut short by coronavirus after four goals in eight appearances.

Speaking of his second Hibs spell back in August, McNulty said: “I didn't set the heather alight straight away like I did during my previous spell with the club, so it was frustrating that I didn't really get to show what I'd shown the last time.

“I'm confident that I would have shown that by the end of the season. What's happened has happened, but it does feel a bit like unfinished business.”