Australian football fans were shocked when Hibernian’s hat-trick hero Jamie Maclaren was left out of Bert van Marwijk’s 26-man squad for a pre-World Cup training camp in Turkey.
The brave decision came only two days after Maclaren netted three goals for the Edinburgh side on the final day of the Scottish Premier League season against Rangers.
Hibs drew the game 5-5 thanks to two second half goals from Maclaren that levelled the scores at the death.
But despite that haul taking him to eight goals in 13 loan games, Bert van Marwijk chose Maclaren as one of six omissions from his original squad of 32.
Fairfax Media has reported two key reasons behind van Marwijk’s deicison – he favoured Tomi Juric and Tim Cahill – were international experience and versatility.
That signals the end of Maclaren’s season, who is due to head back to parent club Darmstadt in the German second tier.
However, Maclaren said he does not want to return to Darmstadt, who at one stage were in serious danger of relegation to the 3.Liga.
“Personally, I don’t want to go back to Germany,” Maclaren told FourFourTwo.
“I don’t want to stay there, to be honest, but I have a contract until 2020.
“The club own me so I will have to see what happens. If they ask me, I will tell them to listen to offers because I don’t want to go back.”
But if Maclaren does leave Darmstadt, there may not be a return to Hibs on the cards.
Manager Neil Lennon told HibsTV he would “love” to bring the striker back to Easter Road, but was not hopeful.
“We’d love to have them (loan players) back … it may boil down to finances, and Jamie, that’s out of our control with Darmstadt,” he said.
📺 | Neil Lennon spoke to @cliffpike following the dramatic 5-5 draw between Hibernian and Rangers, and said that he was delighted with the character his side showed in the game pic.twitter.com/YrG4UNjAfL
— Hibernian FC (@HibsOfficial) May 13, 2018
“But he’s scoring goals, so he’ll probably walk back into the first team.
“It’s been a joy working with them. It’s good to see good players playing good football.”