6 Paul Hanlon transfer destinations as Hibs legend set for emotional farewell

It will likely be a strange feeling for Paul Hanlon when he has to find a new club.

That's the entirely new scenario that centre-back will find himself in this summer when he leaves Hibs after being virtually a one-club man to date, except for a very short loan spell at St Johnstone. The 34-year-old will leave Easter Road a club legend, along with Lewis Stevenson who is also a club icon after both being part of the 2016 Scottish Cup success.

At 34, he can certainly do someone a turn and will no doubt have Scottish clubs queuing up for his services, as well as possibly some in England and overseas. So it will be decision time for Hanlon this summer as he weighs up what could possibly be his last ever contract as a player. Here are six possible transfer destinations for the veteran.


There seems to growing rumours of interest from Championship new boys Falkirk and Manager of the Year John McGlynn. There is a feeling that the Bairns may only be a couple of additions away from being one of the better teams in the Championship and adding this sort of experience into their backline would certainly seem like a smart of way of getting there.

Dundee United

Another club rumoured to be taking a look are Dundee United after their promotion back to the Premiership. Hanlon may still have designs on playing in the top flight and at 34 probably still has plenty to give.

Raith Rovers

With the defender's former teammate Ian Murray in charge at Stark's Park, a reunion at Raith is certainly an interesting proposition. Rovers pushed United so hard in the title race this season and will look to go one better next time out. They could certainly do far worse if looking for defensive reinforcements.

Dunfermline Athletic

Another ex-Hibs colleague of Hanlon's is James McPake who is in charge of Raith's Fife rivals Dunfermline. Ultimately sixth in the Championship wasn't bad for their first season back up but they will want to strengthen to improve on that next year. The 34-year-old was reported to be a loan target back in January so has certainly been on the Pars' radar.

St Johnstone

Hanlon had a loan at St Johnstone early in his career, so could a return to Perth suit him? Craig Levein knows a good centre-half having been one himself.


David Martindale has been busy adding to his Livi squad as they look to gear up for the Championship and try to get back up at the first time of asking. Whether or not they could stretch to Hanlon's wages is another matter.