Hibs star Scott Allan joins Inverness CT as Jack Ross explains reasoning behind loan deal
Hibs manager Jack Ross has revealed Scott Allan wished to be loaned out to Inverness Caledonian Thistle as the popular midfielder moves to the Highlands for the remainder of the season.
The 29-year-old is seeking a return to full fitness after missing most of this campaign through illness and hopes to find regular first-team football with the Scottish Championship side.
The Easter Road favourite was absent for almost five months after being diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition which causes a thickening of the walls around the heart and can lead to tiring easily, shortness of breath and dizziness.
He’s made four appearances since returning in January, but all of them came as a substitute and he hasn’t featured at all this month.
Ross insists he wanted the player to remain in his squad as Hibs seek to secure their first third place finish since 2005 but Allan’s recovery took priority.
He told the Hibs website: "We would have preferred to have kept Scott in the group but he expressed a strong desire to go out on loan.
"Currently, and understandably given the challenges he has faced during the past year he doesn’t feel fit enough to make the impact that his abilities should in the top part of the Premiership. Therefore Scott feels that strengthening his fitness and continuing his recovery in the Championship is a sensible option.
"We feel that it was appropriate to continue to support Scott in his recovery by sanctioning the loan move."
Allan is reunited with Neil McCann, his former boss at Dundee, as the ex-Hearts winger holds a caretaker position with ICT manager John Robertson on compassionate leave.