Hibs ace dismisses notion he can’t play alongside playmaker Scott Allan


STEVIE MALLAN is determined to form a midfield dream team at Hibs with Scott Allan.

Mallan is sick of suggestions the pair cannot play together in the same line-up because they are too similar.

The 24-year-old is back to fitness after missing the end of last season’s campaign because of a knee injury.

Now the former St Mirren playmaker is eager to show boss Jack Ross he can partner Allan in the Easter Road side’s engine room.

The duo played together just three times after Ross’ arrival in November, with four other Mallan appearances coming as a substitute for Allan.

Mallan said: “I get asked all the time if Scott and I can play in the same team.

“I know he’s a No.10, people see him in that position, and people also see me as a No.10 but I’ve never really played there. We’re the same type of player but also totally different.

“Scotty’s got that eye for the killer pass and I’m probably more likely to have an eye for goal.

“I definitely think we could fit together in the same midfield.

“I like to play in the No.8 role because I like to get up and down the park but I’m happy to play wherever the manager wants me to play. If he wants me to play in the No.10 role then I’ll play there.

“As long as I get on the park, I don’t care. Put me at right-back, as long as I get on the pitch. But my favoured position is, and always has been, centre-mid. Hopefully, Scotty and I can strike up a partnership in there.

“I would love to do that and I would love to play alongside him because he will find you and get you opportunities for the team.

“This season, hopefully, I can get that spark with him and we can do well together.”

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