Hibs boss encourages Scott Allan to shoot more

Scott Allan in action against Alloa. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Scott Allan in action against Alloa. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

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Hibs boss Alan Stubbs has urged Scott Allan to be more greedy in front of goal after watching the midfielder claim only his second goal for the Easter Road outfit.

Allan’s superbly struck free-kick earned the Capital club a crucial win over struggling Alloa Athletic to open up a four-point gap on Rangers in the race for second place in the Championship.

But, while the former Dundee United and West Bromwich Albion player has never been a prolific goalscorer, Stubbs believes he can become a greater threat to opposition sides if he looks to shoot more himself rather than play team-mates in.

Insisting Allan, who has enjoyed an outstanding season since his surprise arrival in Edinburgh last summer, has the quality which can often make the difference between winning and losing, Stubbs said: “He wants to provide rather than score, but he has that in his locker.

“He gets himself into some great positions and we’ve been on at him all the time to shoot and have more shots on goal. But sometimes he wants to play that really clever pass. But you can’t have everything – otherwise he wouldn’t be playing here.

“Scott has belief, he knows he has ability and we just need to keep working on it, keeping his attitude and focus right because on his day he can be the difference.”

Stubbs admitted that sometimes Allan’s decision making can be questioned as he looks for the killer pass rather than the simple one, but insisted he won’t be trying prevent him doing so. He said: “That’s what happens when you are trying to be so clever all the time. When you are like that the margins for error can be bigger.”

Meanwhile, Stubbs has revealed he’s considering arranging a closed-doors match at East Mains to allow striker Farid El Alagui to begin his comeback with tomorrow’s development team game against St Johnstone considered just too soon for the player who has resumed full training having been out since rupturing his Achilles tendon on Alloa’s plastic pitch at the end of August.

Stubbs feels the former Falkirk hitman, who’d scored four goals in six matches for Hibs before suffering his injury, needs another week’s training before taking part in a match with game time with the under-20s part of the rehabilitation process. However, next week’s development team game is at home to St Mirren and the fact it will take place on Spartans’ Ainslie Park plastic pitch will rule out El Alagui, Stubbs determined the player will begin his comeback on grass.