An ultras group connected to Hibernian has taken aim at the club over their decision to hire Malky Mackay.

The former Ross County manager was today appointed as sporting director at Easter Road.

The move came just hours after the call was made to sack Nick Montgomery after less than a season in charge.

Mackay will oversee all football operations at Hibs, and first and foremost, will lead the search to appoint a new head coach.

However, Block Seven has issued a strongly-worded response to Mackay's arrival, insisting they have been 'insulted' by the club, as they threatened to protest against his new position.

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Their statement reads: "Today the club announced the appointment of Malky Mackay as sporting director. This is quite simply a disgrace of an appointment. With a track record of being racist, homophobic and misogynistic, he has no place at our club.

"Just two days ago against Aberdeen, the group displayed anti-racism banners to show that it has no place in not only football, but the world we live in. To appoint this man just days later is nothing but an insult to the group for even making that statement in the first place.

"Furthermore, just 10 days ago the club release a statement saying 'The club condemns any form of racist or discriminatory behaviour towards any player, officially, staff member or supporter. It is completely unacceptable and has no place in the game or wider society. The club will take the strongest possible action against anyone identified in making discriminatory and hateful comments'.

"This man is not welcome at Hibernian Football Club and we will be making that clear."

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On Mackay's appointment, the Gordon Family commented: “We’d like to welcome Malky and believe he will be a huge asset to our Club and the football department. As the Board conducted the football review, it became clear to everyone that not only did we need someone with experience of the Scottish game, but also a person who could help drive us forward both strategically and operationally.

“Early in the recruitment process Malky discussed his strategic vision for Hibs and the necessary framework to deliver success. Everyone at the Club looks forward to working with him.”