Hibernian midfielder Scott Allan admits he would sacrifice his PFA Player of the Year award if it guaranteed the club promotion.
Allan was voted the Scottish Championship’s best player on Sunday after a stunning season with the Hibees – creating an assist one in every two games.
His impressive flair and creativity helped to seal second in the Championship and a place in the play-offs but the 23-year-old says he’d happily swap his personal accolade if it meant football in the top flight next season.
“It’s touching when fellow pros vote for you and I’m delighted but now I’m looking forward to the play-offs with Hibs and kicking on. Would I swap the award for promotion? Yeah, definitely. It would make a lot more people happier anyway.
“I’m really confident going into the play-offs we’ve got the momentum.
“We went to Falkirk on Saturday and we hadn’t beaten them this season and we won comfortably so that gives us a psychological boost.”
For Allan the season is far from over. Hibs have a 17-day break before playing either Rangers or Queen of the South.
“There’s a lot of hard work to be done on the training ground and, whoever wins out of the third and fourth play-off, we’ll analyse them and work out how we’re going to affect them on the park.
“The break gives us a chance to get people fresh again and get rid of a few niggles.
“I’m sure the gaffer will arrange a few bounce games in between and if we do it at the right intensity it will keep everybody ticking over.”
Allan believes his performances this season have helped to silence the doubters after things didn’t work out for him down south following his emergence as young star at Dundee United.
And he paid tribute to the impact boss Alan Stubbs has had on his game this year.
“This season I was worrying about myself for a change and getting back to playing football. Obviously, a few eyebrows were raised when I went to Hibs in the Championship but it has worked out well for me and I’ve loved every minute of it.
“I thought if I could get a manager that has a bit of faith in me then I would be able to repay him and that what has happened with me and Alan Stubbs and it’s worked well for both of us.
“Did I have a point to prove? Not really. For one reason or another it didn’t work out down south. I was coming back up to be happy and play my football if people doubted me then they will be changing their opinion now and I’m happy with that.”