Hibs midfielder reckons top six rivals should be fearing Leith side


Hibs midfielder Scott Allan insists teams should be fearing the Leith side as they attempt to finish a hugely successful first season back in the Premiership with a second place finish.

Saturday’s victory over Kilmarnock saw Neil Lennon’s side remain within three points of Aberdeen ahead of Saturday’s crucial clash at Pittodrie.

Hibs have also beaten all of their top six rivals amid a current eleven game unbeaten run.

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Fresh from stalling Celtic’s march towards the title with a well-deserved victory in their first post-split fixture, the Easter Road outfit overcame the Rugby Park side 5-3 in a rip-roaring encounter.

Hibs remain fourth on goal difference behind Rangers and on loan Hoops playmaker Allan is adamant that they are the team that the opposition should be wary of.

He said: “We’ll go up to Aberdeen but, to be fair, I don’t think we fear anybody at this moment in time.

“The way we’re playing they’ll be fearing us and we’re really looking forward to it.

“From top to bottom the atmosphere around the club has been different class since I came in, even the under-20s clinching the double and that’s a massive achievement in itself.

“It’s contagious through the club just now and long may it continue.”

Allan, who is in his second spell at the club after returning in January, netted his second goal for Hibs against Kilmarnock having also scored in the 2-0 derby victory over Hearts on March 9.

And the former Dundee Untied and West Brom player admits he is hoping to pose a danger in the final third during the remaining three games.

Speaking to Hibs TV, he added: “I’ve been wanting to add more goals and that’s two in the space of a month so long may it continue.

“It was enjoyable to play in on Saturday when we were winning, both teams going at it and we got the three points.”

Fellow midfielder John McGinn, meanwhile, insists Hibs must take all the spoils against the Dons if they are to claim the runners-up spot.

The Scotland internationalist said: “The Aberdeen game is massive now, they had a great result against Hearts and we’ll focus on ourselves.

“Saturday is a must-win game and we all know that.

“That’s us secured fourth and our first season back in the top flight has been different class.

“Can we secure second? I don’t know, but if we play like that we’ll have a chance.”