Hibs’ Stevie Mallan met Kevin Nisbet on a trip to Magaluf – now he wants to see the striker head off on a different Euro adventure.
The forward has been brilliant since arriving in Leith in the summer, scoring 10 goals in 17 appearances. After not quite hitting the heights expected of him at Partick Thistle, he’s rebuilt his career magnificently at Raith Rovers, Dunfermline and now Hibs.
Mallan’s been aware of his talent for some time, knowing him well from the Glasgow football scene. The midfielder is aware of the hype around Nisbet and understands why people want him joining Scotland at Euro 2020 next summer.
He won’t back himself for a major tournament berth but Mallan reckons his teammate should be in Steve Clarke’s squad: “Kevin and Christian Doidge have did very well when they have played together.
“Especially Kevin, obviously getting the credit he deserves. There were a lot of questions over whether he could make that step from the Championship to the Premiership. I think he’s answered them.
“I’ve know him from when we were younger and it’s great to have that bond. Kevin was always around Glasgow and I actually met him on holiday with his friends, in Magaluf obviously!
“We kept in touch after that and we have always spoken. I always knew he was a great player, he was flying at Raith Rovers and Dunfermline. When he came to Hibs I was pleased because I knew the standard he would bring.
“Hopefully he gets that Scotland call-up soon. For me I’m on a different level to Kevin as I need to get steady at Hibs but he’s different. He’s pushing every Scottish striker just now with his goal ratio.
“He’s doing brilliant and is rightly getting lots of plaudits for it. Hopefully if he keeps going the way he is, he’ll be in that Euro 2020 squad.”