Ian Gordon Hibs transfers role defended as Malky Mackay explains benefits

Ian Gordon's role in recruitment at Hibs has been defended by new sporting director Malky Mackay after some criticism.

Gordon is the son of the late former owner of the club, Ron, and is himself a director. He previously held the position of head of recruitment at Easter Road and with him being family of the then-owner that brought some serious questions, notably from the outspoken pundit Michael Stewart.

There has also been some concerns from supporters that Gordon Jr was benefiting from nepotism but Mackay argues that it is a good thing to have someone representing the majority shareholders of the club in such a hands-on position. He argues Gordon is not out there signing players by himself and adds that the club has NEVER brought in a player against the say-so of the manager.

“We have to get away from this idea that Ian Gordon, on his own, is buying all these players," he said, speaking to the Edinburgh Evening News. "Because that’s not what has happened, it’s not the case - and it’s certainly not what is going to happen going forward, because we have a process that I will be leading.

“Ian Gordon should be involved in the fabric of this football club. People are wanting to home in and blame him if that’s the conversation we’re talking about.

“People have got to realise that the Gordon family have put a big investment into this football club. Anyone who walks around the training ground or the stadium sees that investment. They’ve also invested on the pitch.

“And they’ve given managers what they want. So let’s be clear about that. Nobody has been brought in here against a manager’s wishes.”

Gordon is no longer head of recruitment at the club but will still have a role to play, and Mackay added: "Going forward, Ian is somebody who cares deeply about football. The club especially, but he’s passionate about the game.

“His father was someone who absolutely loved the game of ‘soccer’ in America, football from his background in South America. So it’s intrinsic in his family. It’s not made-up. It’s not something that’s new. Ian was brought up loving football.”