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HECK’S WARNING FOR ALLAN

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HIBS boss Paul Heckingbottom has warned Scott Allan he will not tolerate slacking as the midfielder prepares for his third spell at the club.

The 27-year-old playmaker has rejoined the Easter Road club following four disastrous years at Celtic.

Allan, who was bought by former Hoops gaffer Ronny Deila and largely ignored by the Norwegian and his successor Brendan Rodgers, is determined to get his career back on track with the Edinburgh club.

The former Scotland Under-21 international, who had loan stints at Rotherham and Dundee as well as Hibs during his ill-fated time in Glasgow, agreed a pre-contract with the club in January to underline his desire to come back to Leith.

Heckingbottom has told Allan the hard work starts now – and will continue through a crucial campaign.

The Englishman, speaking to The Scotsman, said: “Scott is a creative spark, without a doubt.

“I’ve already spoken to him about what I’ve seen in his game that I didn’t expect. I’ll be pushing him on that – if we can get it and if it’s what we think it is, it’ll be a real benefit for the team.

“I’m looking forward to getting him on the pitch and really pushing him. Every manager’s different and I’ll be asking him to do different things to before.

I’M IN CHARGE…Paul Heckingbottom lays it on the line to his Hibs players.

“He’ll have to knuckle down, you can’t have anyone not contributing without the ball. Scott knows that, but he can do it.

“We’ve spoken about it, I’m looking forward to getting a new side out of him.”

The former Barnsley chief added: “I saw him with Rotherham in the Championship – we beat him 4-0 and I’ve shown him a few of those clips already. I mention it a lot, in fact!

“But he’s really comfortable, he wants the ball, accepts it in good areas, so we need to get the most out of that.”

Allan had a few words of criticism at the Hoops’ handling of him during his wilderness years in Glasgow and that is certain to add spice to the occasion when he squares up to Scott Brown and Co in the new campaign.

The champions are due at Easter Road on Premiership business on August 28.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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