Stevie Mallan has kicked off life after Hibs with a bang, courtesy of a goal on his debut over in Turkey.
The creative playmaker took an interesting career move on Deadline Day as he swapped Hibs for Turkish Super Lig side Yeni Malatyaspor. He’s signed on loan for the rest of the season with a view to making his stay permanent next campaign.
Mallan had made 95 appearances for the Hibees since arriving from Barnsley in 2018, featuring 14 times in the Premiership this season, although only four of them were starts. Life in Turkey has started well though.
New manager Hamza Hamzaoglu threw him straight into his Malatyaspor XI for an away match with Goztepe, Mallan starting alongside the likes of former Brazil U21s interanational Wallace, Turkish international Semih Kaya and Ghanaian enforcer Afriyie Acquah.
Cherif Ndiaye handed the home side the lead before Mallan pounced, his initial shot from range blocked before he rushed in for the rebound before half-time. Ndiaye looked to have taken three points for his side with a second strike after 73 minutes but Ahmed Ildiz leveled again as the match finished 2-2.
Unlucky at first attempt from outside the box but beautifully converts the rebound.
— ScotsAbroadPod (@ScotsAbroadPod) February 4, 2021
79 minutes came Mallan’s way in what was a positive debut. His parent club return to action on Saturday when they host Aberdeen in a crucial match that will have a big bearing on who finishes third in the Premiership this term.
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