Scott Allan’s comments on the 1-1 draw between Hibernian and Celtic show some real common-sense.
The former Celtic midfielder doesn’t seem to follow in the delusion of his fellow Hibs colleagues. Glenn Middleton, on loan at Hibs from Rangers, tried to say Hibs didn’t get what they deserved from the game (Scottish Sun). Manager Paul Heckingbottom, meanwhile, said the officials let them down during the contest (Hibs TV).
This was all despite the fact that Celtic were denied two stonewall penalties. Hibs, meanwhile, were also denied a big decision when Olivier Ntcham seemed to throw an arm out. He got away with it, as both clubs ended up getting away with some key moments.
Allan was a guest on PLZ Soccer yesterday. And, as he touched on that 1-1 draw, he wasn’t keen on coming across as deluded as his other Hibs representatives.
“For us it’s a free hit (the Betfred Cup semi-final between the two sides). We’ve just got to go out there and give it everything and try to get to a final for the fans.
“We take the positives from the game last week, we made it hard for Celtic. We rode their pressure at times. Maybe a few decisions on both halves didn’t go either team’s way.
“But for us it was positive, especially having a semi-final against them.”
Credit to Allan for his comments
The Hibs star deserves some praise here. It would’ve been easy for him to jump on the bandwagon of his club colleagues and state that the referee was against his side.
However, Allan clearly has a bit of respect for Celtic. He acknowledges that we should’ve had a penalty or two. It’s quite clear he knows his side got away with one.
Nobody has denied that Ntcham should’ve been sent off either. Hibs became far too defensive when it came to decisions during the 1-1 stalemate. But Celtic fans know we should’ve been down to 10 men in the first half.
The frustration is the fact that Hibs haven’t been able to see how they got fortunate too. Delusion from other teams against Celtic is something that we’re used to of course. Our dominance over the years has gone to many people’s heads, with a strong urge in Scotland for it to be halted.
But Allan spoke well here. The former Celtic man has every reason to feel he didn’t get a chance at Parkhead. Despite that, he consistently speaks well of the club.
Allan had a fantastic game against us at Easter Road, setting up Hibs’ goal. There’s no denying he’s going to be a star there, but it’s good to see he won’t be a delusional one like some others.