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Thursday, 26 July, 2001, 10:31 GMT 11:31 UK
Brewster set for Easter Road
Craig Brewster during his Dundee United days
Craig Brewster during his Dundee United days
Hibernian manager Alex McLeish is expected to complete the signing of Craig Brewster before their league opener against Kilmarnock on Saturday.

The 34-year-old former Dundee United striker flew into Edinburgh for talks with the club earlier this week.

And McLeish is set to announce the capture of Brewster, who has spent the last five seasons with Greek side Ionikos, on Friday.

"We expect to announce something regarding Craig Brewster at the press gathering," said McLeish.

"He has added a lot of things to his game in Greece, playing up front on his own and also in a system.

"I had some tapes of Ionikos from the past two seasons and managed to look at Craig. "He is a very good name in Greece and will be a good signing for us."

Brewster, who joined Hibs on their pre-season tour of France and featured in one match against Lorient, is expected to sign a one year deal.

Gary O'Connor
Gary O'Connor has impressed
However, the experienced hit man will face stiff competition for a starting place at Easter Road.

Youngsters Gary O'Connor and Tam McManus have both shown excellent form throughout the pre-season and are pushing for a first team place.

Both grabbed two goals each in France, while O'Connor netted all four goals in Hibs' last friendly match against Gala Fairydean.

David Zitelli, who came through 90 minutes at Gala after picking up a knock on tour, is almost certain to start up front in Saturday's game at Easter Road, but new signing Paco Luna is one striker who will miss out.

The Spaniard is likely to be out for four weeks with a twisted knee and joins midfielder Frederic Arpinon on the casualty list.

There is better news for captain Franck Sauzee who resumed full training on Wednesday after sustaining a hamstring injury during Hibs' second tour game in France.

"Franck trained with us and felt good, so he should be OK for Saturday," said McLeish.

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