BY ALAN TEMPLE – Capital City Press
Hibs star Fraser Fyvie hailed Scott Allan’s eye-catching cameo against Montrose – before insisting there was never any chance his pal was going to down tools.
All eyes were on Allan on Saturday as he was left out of the starting line-up for the second successive weekend.
The midfield man has made no secret of his desire to join boyhood heroes Rangers, slapping in a transfer request last week in a bid to force a move to Ibrox.
But it was no surprise to Fyvie when Allan climbed from the bench to net a stunning solo goal for the Hibees, cutting in from the left flank and rifling a low shot past Ross Salmon to make it 2-0.
Fyvie said: “I’m good friends with Scotty and I speak to him about things every day. He is a very professional boy with the way he goes about his business every day so it was no surprise to see him do what he did.
“Everybody can see what he brings to the team and I thought he was terrific when he came on. He gave us that cutting edge the moment he stepped on the park. Any team would be lucky to have him – and we have him!
“I don’t think [transfer talk] affects him. Scotty is a footballer and this sort of thing happens a lot in football. He gets on with his training and gets on with his day to day life.”
Allan’s effort added to goals from Scott Martin and Jason Cummings as Alan Stubbs’ men cruised into the second round of the League Cup with a 3-0 triumph.