ROSS READY TO GIVE PLAY­MAKER AL­LAN FREE REIN

Scottish Daily Mail - - Football - By JOHN GREECHAN

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.’

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