Jamie Gullan speaks on Hibs future as Raith Rovers refuse to give up loan star without a fight

Forward took his tally to nine for the season with strike against Peterhead but now has a chance to impress Jack Ross during winter training camp

Monday, 6th January 2020, 4:45 pm
Jamie Gullan has had two spells with Raith Rovers but is now keen to impress Jack Ross

Jamie Gullan has insisted he'll come straight back to Raith Rovers - if he fails to convince Hibs head coach Jack Ross that he deserves a place in the Easter Road first team squad.

The 20-year-old has been in fine form for the Stark's Park side and netted his ninth goal of the season in the 2-1 win over Peterhead at the weekend, but joined up with his Hibs colleagues as they jetted out for a winter traning camp in Estepona in Spain.

Speaking to the Evening News' sister title Fife Today, Gullan said: "My main aim is to go back to Hibs, try to make an impact there, and ultimately get in their squad.

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"I've got an important week to try and catch the eye, and see what happens, but if I'm not playing then I will definitely come back to Raith.

"I love it here, and I think everyone can see that. It's all about whether I'm going to play football at Hibs. If not, then I'd be delighted to come back here and keep playing games."

Gullan has had glimpses of first-team action at Easter Road, making his senior debut under Neil Lennon in the 6-4 victory over NSI Runavik in the Faroe Islands and featuring again in the 6-0 Scottish Premiership win over Hamilton later in 2018 and the November 2018 matches against Aberdeen and Dundee.

Since then, the versatile attacker has maintained his form for the Capital club's development squad as well as for Raith Rovers, and feels his second spell with the Fifers has helped bring him on.

"I feel I'm just an all-round much better player," he added. "There's still some silly mistakes here and there, that's always going to happen, but physically I'm a much better player.

"I'm stronger, faster and finally chipping in with more goals than last season."

Rovers No.2 Paul Smith has confirmed that the League One table-toppers are holding talks with Hibs with a view to extending Gullan's loan but a lot will hinge on the impact the player has over the next week.