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Allan will give his all to extend Inverness Caledonian Thistle's season and maximise playing time


By Alasdair Fraser


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Scott Allan is desperate to ensure Caley Thistle’s season doesn’t end in April – for the sake of his loan club and his own top-flight ambitions.

The Hibs midfielder, paraded on the morning of Saturday’s 1–0 win over Arbroath, wants to use his stint in Inverness to prove he is ready to start matches for Hibs as soon as next season begins.

Sidelined for five months into January after being diagnosed with a worrying heart condition, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, the 29-year-old needs game time and made a more than decent debut as a 54th minute substitute.

Scott Allan made his Caley Thistle debut off the bench against Arbroath, having signed for the club on loan from Hibs earlier that day. Picture: Ken Macpherson
Scott Allan made his Caley Thistle debut off the bench against Arbroath, having signed for the club on loan from Hibs earlier that day. Picture: Ken Macpherson

If Caley Thistle miss out on the Premiership play-offs, their season will end on April 30. Only Scottish Cup heroics or a top four finish can extend it.

“Hopefully I can get more games and we can extend our season into May,” Allan, clearly buzzing to be back, said.

“That’s the aim. I can see we’re building a good spirit here. Clean sheets are the basis of all good performances.

“It’s not always going to be pretty but even for a player like myself, when you are out there digging in, all in it together and getting three points, there is no better feeling.”

Temporary boss Neil McCann’s part in the deal was crucial, with the pair having worked together at Dundee.

“When Neil saw I wasn’t playing much at Hibs, his first thought wasn’t how I was feeling – it was that he wanted me here for type of footballer I am,” Allan said.

“It was about my ability, not the condition and that was an important part of why I came here.

“That’s why I want to come here. Questions may have been asked, but I know I’m good to go. I will show that in the coming weeks.

“Given the journey I’ve been on, I need to play real games. “


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