MIDFIELDER Scott Allan admits he likes the feeling of being an inside man.
The Hibs star is delighted with life at the moment during his third spell at Easter Road.
Allan felt like an outsider at Celtic for four years after Ronny Deila signed him from the Edinburgh outfit in 2015.
He had loaned spells at Rotherham, Dundee and Hibs and made only 13 appearances for the Hoops before agreeing a pre-contract deal with the Leith side a year ago.
After recharging his batteries on the Costa Del Sol at the club’s winter training camp, Allan reflected on his change of fortunes.
The 28-year-old playmaker. speaking to the Sunday Mail, said: “It’s definitely the most settled I’ve been in a good few years
“The fact I’m playing football every week and have a good association with the club is just brilliant for me.
“It’s the only place I’ve been given a fair run of games to produce my best football. I have a good connection with the Easter Road fans and they know how I play.
“I maybe get a bit of leeway in certain things, but it’s the place I’ve played the most football so I have been able to show that.
“Here we play a certain way that suits me. The fans, the football, it has just clicked.”
OUTSIDER…Scott Allan in a rare appearance for Celtic.
Jack Ross is the player’s FOURTH manager inside 12 months following Brendan Rodgers, Neil Lennon and Paul Heckingbottom, but Allan said: “I wouldn’t say it was unsettling, just the nature of the beast that is football.
“I’ve been through it before, people come and go from clubs, managers and players.
“It’s just the way it is. For me, it’s about keeping focus and doing the best I can on the park.”
Hibs face Dundee United at Tannadice a week today in the Scottish Cup before a home league match with Hamilton the following midweek and a clash with Motherwell just three days later.
Allan added: “It will be a tough game and we really need to be ready for it.
“They have played through the winter break and will be up for it against a Premiership side and a club like us.
“They are going well this season at home, but we have to be ready for it. It’s a game we are looking forward to.
“It’s a hard tie, but I feel if we approach the game right and set out the way we have done in quite a few big games this season we will be fine. It will be a hard test though.
“It’s a Cup-tie and we know what the Scottish Cup means for people at Hibs. If we were to win that tie I am sure it would be a good boost going into the league fixtures.”