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Oli Shaw looking forward to linking up with Florian Kamberi at Hibernian

By July 13, 2018No Comments

Hibernian forward Oli Shaw is relishing the opportunity to strike up a partnership with Florian Kamberi this season.

Both men were on the scoresheet – with Kamberi netting a hat-trick – as Hibs thrashed NSI Runavik 6-1 in their Europa League first-round qualifier on Thursday night.

Jamie Maclaren formed a potent strike duo with Kamberi last season but his departure from the club has given Shaw the chance to establish himself in the first team.

The 20-year-old scored five goals last term and got himself off the mark with a powerful shot from the edge of the box on Thursday night.

And Shaw is hoping to link up with his new partner, who joined on a permanent deal in June.

“I am enjoying it,” he told HibsTV. “We have built up a partnership in training and worked on a few things with the gaffer.

“We are trying to implement them in the games.

“Flo is a great player, you saw that last season and he came in and scored a hat-trick tonight, so I like playing up front with him.”

Also impressive in the first leg of the tie was Stevie Mallan, who recently joined the club from Barnsley and slotted straight into the midfield, scoring two goals and showing a good range of passing.

John McGinn was absent through injury but could be on his way to Celtic before the end of the window, while Dylan McGeouch and Scott Allan have both left the club, but Shaw was immediately impressed with his new team-mate.

He said: “You can see he has a bit of class.

“He has played down south and is only young, but he has good technical ability and can see a pass.

“It is always good to have someone like that behind you.”

On Mallan, manager Neil Lennon added: “It was his first 90 minutes in six months so he will feel the benefit of that.

“His fitness levels were decent, his quality on the ball was good so it is a good start and he should be pleased with that.”