Pat Fenlon, the Hibernian manager, believes playmaker Abdellah Zoubir can make a real statement in Scotland once he overcome the language barrier
The French winger has signed on loan from French second division side FC Istres until the end of the season and dazzled in the League Cup win over Stranraer.
That has been the 21-year-old's only start since his August arrival but, after regularly attending English lessons, Fenlon is now considering letting the player do his talking on the pitch. "Zoubi is learning and getting to know the group," the Easter Road manager said. "He's not too far away from getting a first start in the league.
"The key with the foreign players is getting them to know their team-mates and how we want to play. Improving his English is also a massive help. He has improved on all of those aspects and we have managed to get him some game time too in which people have seen there is a real talent there. We want to push him and get him into the team as soon as possible but it has to be right for the team too.
"We had a similar situation with Jorge Claros. When he got his family over, the improvement in his game was massive. But it was also a combination of learning the language and getting to know his team-mates better. It's the same with Zoubi. He's not married but he needs to know his team-mates. It's important to build up relationships both on and off the pitch and the best place for him to improve his English is in the dressing room. We can get him lessons but football language can be different and that is the best place to learn."
Celtic travel to Edinburgh tomorrow before hosting Ajax on Tuesday but Fenlon does not expect Neil Lennon to rest any players. "We gave them a game here last year and we just need to make sure we match the tempo we did that day," he said.