Former Hibs star thinks the Hibees and midfielder Scott Allan are a “match made in heaven” after he scored the winner against St. Mirren on Saturday.

Allan returned to Easter Road in the summer after his Celtic deal ended, bringing a disastrous spell in Glasgow to an end after four years, and McManus insists he’s the “main man” for Hibs.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JULY 30: Scott Allan of Hibernian in action during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Hibernian FC and Newcastle United FC at Easter Road on July 30, 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (

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As Paul Heckingbottom begins his first full season in charge, McManus predicts that he will “undoubtedly” build his attack around Allan and give him the responsibility to open teams up.

“Hibs and Scott Allan are a match made in heaven,” McManus told Football Scotland.

“He is the main man at Easter Road and seems to thrive on that responsibility to go and create chances and open up defences. Scott is the player that Paul Heckingbottom undoubtedly will build everything around offensively.”

Allan should be a massive player for Hibs and it’s clear they lacked someone of his quality in midfield at times last season.

23rd July 2019, The Easter Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland; Hibernian The Scottish League Cup; Hibernian versus Arbroath; Scott Allan of Hibs makes it 2-0 from the penalty spot on the 43rd minute

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If Heckingbottom can get the same sort of performances like his last spell at Easter Road then there’s little doubt that he should be handed the responsibility of cutting teams open.

The loss of Martin Boyle to injury will also increase the pressure on Allan to deliver but it’s hard to see anything other than the midfielder stepping up and impressing.

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