Tam McManus identifies ex Hibs star who Nick Montgomery should 'do everything to tempt back'

Hibs haven't had their problems to seek this season but it's not difficult to spot where the biggest of them lies.

The Hibees' defensive issues have let them down time and time again during a campaign which has seen them fall way short of expectations and finish in the bottom six. The board acknowledged results hadn't been good enough and reading between the lines it looked like manager Nick Montgomery was battling to save his job.

The first post-split game brought a decent performance and away win at St Johnstone before another sub-par display last weekend saw them lost to second bottom Ross County. The manager and players made their way over to pay appreciation to the travelling support and were left in no doubt about what they made of the performance.

Two defensive errors handed the Staggies their goals and former Easter Road striker Tam McManus insists that while the manager will rightly be sweating over his future, there is nothing he can do about individual errors.

Speaking in the Daily Record, he said: "The manager must be tearing his hair out. Two massive errors have cost them dear and that is not his fault.

"But if he doesn't sort it in the summer, then he'll not see the first international break of next season.

"There has to be a defensive clear-out in the summer. He needs a goalkeeper and new central defenders."

McManus reckons he has one possible answer to the defensive deficiencies up his sleeve and it involves brining a former Hibee back through the door.

Alex Gogic's departure wasn't mourned by the fan base but he has since been an outstanding signing for St Mirren, particularly during this campaign where he has shone at centre-back having previously been used in midfield.

McManus added: "I'll tell you where I'd be looking first. I'd be going to St Mirren and doing everything I could to tempt Alex Gogic back to Leith.

"The big man is out of contract this summer but has been a colossus for the Buddies as they close in on a European spot.

"He has made the central position of a back three his own under Stephen Robinson. My brother-in-law is a St Mirren season-ticket holder and has Gogic in his top five Saints players of all time. That's how much he loves him.

"Hibs could do much worse than handing him a return to Easter Road. He was part of the side that finished third under Jack Ross, even though he was a midfielder then.

"He's an honest, physical, mobile defender who can be a threat in the opposition box. Having just turned 30 last month, he's a good age too.

"You know exactly what you're getting with Gogic and that's not something you can say about the centre of defence at Hibs this season."