One of the most interesting aspects of Hibernian’s Betfred Cup semi-final against St Johnstone on Saturday is that Scott Allan could feature in the game.
The mercurial midfielder has not featured for the Easter Road side since August as he has been dealing with an illness.
Back in the squad
However, manager Jack Ross has confirmed (Daily Record) that the player will be in the squad for the game. Now, obviously it would be a big gamble for Allan to start the game. He has probably been out of action for too long for that to be a consideration.
However, if he is on the bench he is more than capable of influencing the game in a cameo role. If Allan is able to get time and space on the pitch then he could have an influence on the game.
The player will surely be delighted that he is in the squad for such a big game. The game against St Johnstone has to be Hibernian’s biggest of this season.
Something magic about cup competitions
Cup competitions often have something magical about them and that would certainly be the case for Hibernian if Allan was involved and had an influential game.
Only time will tell how involved Allan will be at Hampden Park. However, he could be influential in the semi-final and beyond if he can return to full fitness.
His qualities could be more than useful in Hibernian’s battle to finish third in the Premiership. For the moment though, all eyes will be on Hampden Park, and what Allan can do to help Hibernian reach the Betfred Cup Final.