Simon Murray is perfect Hibs transfer and there's two big reasons why age doesn't matter with this guy - Tam McManus

Hibs should bust a gut to sign Simon Murray - the way the striker does every time he steps on the park. And for those who argue the Ross County man is too old at 32 then I’ll give you two reasons why he’s not. Mixu Paatelainen and Craig Brewster.

Two of the best strikers I had the privilege of playing with at Easter Road and both who were well into their 30s when they arrived. Mixu was knocking on 32 when Alex McLeish brought him back up the road from Wolves in 1998. But he went on to bang in double figures in all three of his seasons in Leith and ended up top scorer when we finished third in the top flight in the last of those.

Like Brewster he was fit as a fiddle, energetic and absolutely led by example. Those are the same qualities I see in Simon Murray every time he plays. It’s no surprise to me that Hibs want the Staggies hitman after he bagged 23 goals last season. Just as it’s no shock that my other old club Dundee are also on his trail.

In fact I reckon any side outside the Old Firm would take him if offered the chance. But a return to Hibs seems the right fit and, as I said, there’s absolutely no issue with his age. You can see he is as fit as a butcher’s dog. David Gray knows him from his first spell at the club, Malky Mackay knows him from Ross County, they know what he’s like in the dressing room.

Some might argue he’d have no sell-on value but not all signings have to carry that. Murray is the tried and tested. You need experienced players you know can go straight in and produce the goods.

This would be Hibs buying the finished article. Not another Elias Melkersen where you’re hoping he becomes a player.

I’ve always liked Simon. You know what you are getting with him - he’s strong, hard working, sets the tone and is a great presser. If you want to play a high press and a high tempo then he really gets after people.

He’s exactly the type of player that fans would get behind, a guy that would pressure a defender into booting a ball out for a throw-in - that gets the whole crowd going.

His goals record speaks for itself and I love the fact he gets really excited when he scores a goal and doesn’t just walk away or ‘shush’ the crowd.

Twenty-three goals for Ross County is a fantastic return for a team that finished in the play-offs. Honestly, that’s like scoring 40 or 45 for Celtic or Rangers.

You get so many more chances playing for the Old Firm. We saw Cyriel Dessers last season scoring 22 for Rangers and I thought he was average. But playing in a team that’s struggling at the bottom of the league all season and scoring 23 times is fantastic.

Some were even suggesting a Scotland call-up it was that good. Of course, Murray was at Hbs earlier in his career and did okay. I know Neil Lennon loved him. I actually pinged Murray a message in June asking if he was going back to Easter Road. He’s not daft, he sent one of those tight-lipped emojis back to me which could have meant anything.

So I couldn’t get much out of him. But I’m sure Hibs would if they managed to prise him back to Leith. He might see it as a last big move. He’s at the peak of his career. He’s been abroad in South Africa and played every level of the SPFL.

Murray seems to have come back even stronger from that bad ACL injury he had four or five years ago and I don’t remember him ever being injured since.

It wouldn’t have to mean the end for Dylan Vente either. Murray could actually help him. The Dutchman is a clever footballer who never scored enough last season but showed he likes to drop deep and link play and I reckon you could pair them up top together.

With Murray, who likes to run in behind, and Vente, who likes to come off the frontline, then it would potentially give the manager another option. I certainly like the thought of it ahead of the new season. Incredibly the first real test for Gray is just three days away. The first League Cup group game away to Elgin is a must-win. Simple as that. Start as you mean to go on.

They’ve come through a really positive pre-season with three friendlies, three wins and three clean sheets. Beating Greek champions PAOK on the Dutch training camp at the weekend was really impressive because we saw how good they were against Aberdeen and Hearts last season.

It might only be a friendly but these results build confidence going into the season. Confidence they are winning, scoring goals and not conceding. Three habits that will get you far in this game.

So HIbs need to look to make it a magnificent seven with no less than four wins from four games in their cup section against Elgin, Queen’s Park, Kelty and Peterhead. That would send them into the Premiership absolutely flying.