Boateng surprised by Scotland

On-loan Hibernian defender Daniel Boateng believes he will be able to use his spell in Scotland to grow as a player.

Boateng joined from Arsenal last week and has been surprised by the physicality of the game in Scotland, but insists he will be able to adjust to it.

The 21-year-old told the Daily Record: "From what I've seen the Hibs squad is very good. But the game is so physical in Scotland. I've taken part in one training session for Hibs and I didn't expect it to be as physical.

"I see playing for Hibs as a stepping stone to moving on to something else. It's best for me and my career if I play games now and that is what I want to do. I believe I can do well in Scotland."

Hibs boss Terry Butcher admitted he was pleasantly surprised he was able to bring Boateng, who has made just one substitute appearance for Arsenal, to Scotland.

He said: "A lot of people were amazed Hibs got him because he was in demand by a few English clubs but being an ex-England captain can sometimes help.

"Daniel is a big boy, a powerful lad and he's good on the ball."