Stevie Mallan is determined to use Hibs’ Betfred Cup campaign to remind Easter Road gaffer Jack Ross just what he’s capable of.

The midfielder netted twice and set up a third during the 3-1 win over Brora Rangers which got the Leith side off to a winning start on Wednesday night.

Hibs will play Cove Rangers on Saturday and Forfar on Tuesday in the tournament and Mallan is eager to take his chance as he looks to push for regular inclusion again.

The 24-year-old said: “For anyone in my circumstance it’s a bit
 frustrating. I was out for seven months, came back in good shape and it’s been a frustrating time trying to get back in the team but it just shows you how the boys are doing.

“I’m always chapping the door of the manager and telling him I want to be in the team and I want to be involved but the manager spoke to me on numerous occasions, it’s hard to get into a team that’s playing well.

“He can’t start dropping boys who are playing well.


“Alex Gogic has come in from the start flying, Joe Newell came back really well and the manager has always said if someone slips up I’ll be in contention so as bad as it sounds, you’re waiting on someone slipping up.

“But you want the team to do well and keep pushing forward and keep pushing for that third spot. It’s just going to be a waiting game. It was a relief to get the goals.”

There was a debut on Wednesday night for Kyle Magennis and Mallan is confident that there is ample room for both of them.

He admitted: “It’s just more competition. It can be frustrating sometimes seeing guys come in and you have to battle with them for places but it genuinely just makes you work harder.

“The manager spoke to me before he brought Kyle in – me and him are two totally different players. I’ve been with Kyle through St Mirren and Scotland.

“He’s pacy, direct, brings legs in to the team, take us forward, he’ll never pull out of a 50/50.

“He’s an honest hardworking player and he’s sharp and when we came through, it was good to see him at St Mirren.

“It was a really good coup for us to bring him in, especially on the five-year deal.”