Jack Ross has said Scott Allan pushed for a loan move away from Hibs to build up his match fitness, joining Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Allan has returned from a career-threatening diagnosis, missing the first half of this season after a heart condition was detected. He has been carefully eased back into the Hibs fold after multiple tests.

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The Hibs man has joined Inverness CT on loan until the end of the season. (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Hibs are currently pushing for European football, occupying the Scottish Premiership’s third spot. But Allan does not feel he can have the impact he would like, instead opting for Championship side Inverness for the rest of the campaign.

He made his debut in the 1-0 win over Arbroath as the attacking midfielder looks to gain match sharpness ahead of returning to Hibs for next season. Hibees manager Ross would have preferred to keep him, but wasn’t ready to stand in Allan’s way.

Ross said: “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.

Allan made it clear to the Hibs manager that he had to go for regular minutes.
Allan made it clear to the Hibs manager that he had to go for regular minutes. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“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.”

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