Dunfermline striker Farid El Alagui hopes to sink former club Hibs



Dunfermline striker Farid El Alagui admits former Hibs team-mate John McGinn was the first to congratulate him when he got off the mark for the Pars.

But the French-Moroccan insists he would love to send the Scotland midfielder and his old club back across the Forth empty-handed following this afternoon’s clash at East End Park.

El Alagui was restricted to only 21 appearances during two injury-plagued seasons at Easter Road before being freed by new head coach Neil Lennon during the summer.

(Pic: www.hibernianfc.co.uk)
(Pic: www.hibernianfc.co.uk)

But during his time at Hibs, El Alagui struck up lasting friendships with the likes of playmaker McGinn.

The towering marksman, however, insists he would have no qualms about upsetting his pals today.

He said: “It’s always a special game to go up against a former club and it will be an interesting one.

“I know a lot of the people there but we will need to stay focussed to try and get something out of it because we need to pick up points and learn from the previous mistakes.

“I’m still in touch with the boys at Hibs. I will have to give a special mention to John McGinn because he is a great guy.

“He is a great footballer but he is also a good man, he is really down to earth.

“He’s always nice, when I scored my first goal against St Mirren last month, he text me after the game to congratulate me.

“He was the first one to do that, it just shows you what he’s like as a person. I also speak to Liam Fontaine, you keep in touch.

“But hopefully it will be the scenario that I score the winning goal on Saturday, I would be delighted if I manage to.”