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Hibs add former Hearts player and ex-Celtic and Rangers coach to staff

The new Easter Road boss has added to his his backroom staff ahead of pre-season.

Hibs appoint former Hearts defender and ex-Celtic and Rangers coach as assistants to Lee Johnson SNS Group

Former Hearts defender Jamie McAllister and ex-Celtic and Rangers coach Adam Owen have joined the backroom staff at Hibernian.

Manager Lee Johnson has added to his off-field team after replacing Shaun Maloney in the Easter Road dugout last month.

The former Sunderland boss is also expected to recruit a goalkeeping coach while former captain and previous interim manager David Gray will remain part of the backroom setup.

Johnson worked with McAllister in previous roles at Bristol City and Sunderland and was briefly a teammate of the former Livingston full back at Tynecastle.

Owen meanwhile has held coaching positions around the world following a short playing career and was most recently “technical advisor” at Polish champions Lech Poznan.

He joined the coaching team at Celtic under Martin O’Neill and Gordon Strachan as an academy and fitness coach before switching to the other side of Glasgow as “performance director”.

During his tenure at Rangers, the club reached the Uefa Cup final in 200, won three league titles, two Scottish Cups and three League Cups.

He also worked with the Welsh FA between 2008 and 2018 and was part of Chris Coleman’s setup when Wales reached the semi-finals of Euro 2016. 

A brief period in charge of Lechia Gdansk was followed by stints at Hebei China Fortune and Seattle Sounders before he joined Poznan last year.

The 41-year-old and McAllister, 44, have both been appointed as “assistant managers” at Hibs under Johnson.

A goalkeeping coach is expected to be appointed before the players return for pre-season on June 18.

Meanwhile, Scott Allan will leave the Leith side when his contract expires at the end of June.

The 30-year-old fan favourite made 129 appearances for the club across three spells but made just six starts last season.

Alex Gogic, Sean Mackie, Innes Murray, Jamie Murphy and Drey Wright have also been told their contracts will not be extended while loan players Rocky Bushiri, Sylvester Jasper and James Scott have returned to their parent clubs.