Scott Allan is on the verge of starting his first match for Hibs after being put through his own fitness regime, head coach Alan Stubbs revealed today.
The former Dundee United midfielder has been restricted to just two appearances as a substitute amounting to only 38 minutes of action since his surprise arrival at Easter Road after leaving English Premier League outfit West Brom.
Stubbs cited a lack of match fitness as the reason for the 22-year-old’s limited game time, saying: “That’s why we have not seen as much of him as we would have liked or as much as the fans would have liked.”
But now the 22-year-old is set to fight for his place having been put through his paces over the past few weeks. Stubbs said: “Scott’s not far away. He’s had a lot of quality work put into him.
“When he first came here he was not fit enough to get a start in the team and he would be the first to admit that.
“We have had to give him a separate fitness programme to get him to a level of fitness where we feel it is going to help him if and when he is needed and we are virtually at that stage.”
Meanwhile, Stubbs has backed striker Farid El Alagui to continue being among the goals after seeing the ex-Falkirk hitman score in each of Hibs’ last two matches.
He said: “It’s absolutely brilliant for Farid because in a couple of games before the season started he did not hit the back of the net, although his performances were decent.
“For any striker it is important to score goals. It’s not the be all and end all, but in a striker’s mind the most important thing is to keep scoring goals.
“I thought he took his goal in the derby brilliantly well. He is gong to score all sorts of different goals for us, we just need to keep making sure we give him the right service.”