Report: Hibernian FC interested in Union’s Stuart Findlay

Stuart Findlay left the Scottish Premiership with hopes of grabbing a starting job in MLS, but is reportedly linked with a move back to his native country.

Scottish club Hibernian FC is reportedly interested in acquiring the centerback this winter, after manager Jack Ross is intrigued by the defender’s talents, the Daily Record reported Thursday. Findlay, 26, joined the Philadelphia Union on a free transfer from fellow top-flight side Kilmarnock in February, but has struggled for consistent playing time in Jim Curtin’s backline.

Findlay has made only eight appearances between MLS and Concacaf Champions League play, totaling 396 minutes of action for the defending Supporters’ Shield winners. The centerback has watched from the sidelines as Jack Elliott and Jakob Glesnes led the backline this season, with the club finishing second in the Eastern Conference.

His current contract with the Union is set to expire in December 2022, but the club also holds an additional one-year option for 2023.

Findlay has spent most of his career in his native Scotland, totaling 173 appearances between Kilmarnock, Livingston, and Greenock Morton before making the move to the United States. He made his Scottish national team debut in March 2019, but hasn’t been called in since.

Hibernian sits in sixth place in the Premiership this season and will face defending league champions Rangers on Sunday in the League Cup semifinals at Hampden Park. As for the Union, they will host the New York Red Bulls at Subaru Park on Saturday in the first round of the MLS Cup Playoffs.

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