Alan Stubbs won’t rush to spend Hibs’ Scott Allan cash

Hibs head coach Alan Stubbs won't be rushed into signing players. Pic: Ian Rutherford
Hibs head coach Alan Stubbs won't be rushed into signing players. Pic: Ian Rutherford
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Hibs boss Alan Stubbs has promised he won’t rush into buying players for the sake of it following Scott Allan’s move to Celtic.

The Easter Road outfit picked up an undisclosed fee from Allan’s surprise move to Celtic Park after the 23-year-old midfielder had been relentlessly pursued Rangers – his boyhood heroes – for the past few weeks, a deal which also saw highly-rated teenager Liam Henderson join Hibs on a season long loan.

However, with only a fortnight until the transfer window shuts Stubbs insisted he’s in no rush to spend, adamant he’ll be sticking to his mantra of “quality over quantity”.

The head coach said: “That’s not going to change just because we have brought something in. We have a couple of areas we would like to strengthen, but it doesn’t mean we are just going to go out and do it.

“We are always looking – there’s not a day goes by that we are not. You never stop, it’s an ongoing process and while the window is open we will keep looking at every eventuality in case players become available who can make the squad stronger.

“We have until September 1 and we’ll see what is available and see if anything can be done, but they have to be the right type.”

Dylan McGeouch, who spent last season on loan at Hibs, had been widely tipped to return to Edinburgh as part of the Allan deal but that expectation never materialised. And Stubbs declined to discuss the midfielder, saying: “It’s not for me to comment on players who are contracted to another club.”

Meanwhile, Stubbs revealed striker Farid El Alagui is on track to make his comeback within the next three weeks, the striker, who also had knee surgery at the end of last season, having had a small operation to remove two screws which were put in place when he ruptured his achilles tendon a year ago.

He said: “Farid has had the stitches taken out and that’s put his rehabilitation back a couple of days to let it settle down. We’d always said that with luck he’d potentially be back at the end of August, just now it’s looking like being the first week in September.”

Jordon Forster is also nearing full fitness, the defender having suffered a hamstring injury. Stubbs said: “He’s getting close and I’d expect him to resume training at some point this week.”