ROSS READY TO GIVE PLAYMAKER ALLAN FREE REIN
NEW Hibernian manager Jack Ross has vowed to build his team around mercurial playmaker Scott Allan. Among Easter Road fans there will be excitement over the prospect of the midfielder’s talents being given free rein. These are the same true believers, after all, who rounded on former manager Paul Heckingbottom for daring to substitute Allan in August’s 2-2 draw against St Johnstone at Easter Road, the Englishman further fanning the flames by sarcastically declaring: ‘I didn’t know there was a rule against taking him off …’ Ross is unlikely to commit the same transgression. If only because working with a young Lewis Morgan and a revitalised Aiden McGeady in his previous jobs has convinced him that certain rare types need to be nurtured — and put to good use. ‘I’ve had examples of that with Lewis at St Mirren and Aiden at Sunderland,’ said Ross, whose team host Motherwell today. ‘Ideally, I find a way to get the best from them, because players that can make the difference in games — matchwinners — are difficult to come by. ‘Scotty’s definitely one of those. I’ve been really impressed by him this week.
Not just on the pitch, but as a young man and speaking to him as well. ‘Hopefully, I can get the best from him on a consistent basis, because he’s absolutely got the quality.’ Ross has been watching video footage of Hibs since before his appointment as head coach was confirmed last week. ‘At the moment, it’s about me finding the best way to get the best from them, rather than them fitting into what I want them to do,’ he said. ‘There are good players here and I just need to understand how I get the best from them.’