Hibs today revealed Rangers’ offer for midfield star Scott Allan was only £175,000 and that the money would not have been paid up front.
The Easter Road board took only seconds to reject the Ibrox club’s bid for last season’s Championship player of the year and have made it clear any approaches for him will be unwelcome.
Confirming Hibs had received an offer for the 23-year-old, just days before they kick off the season by facing Rangers in the first round of the Petrofac Cup, chief executive Leeann Dempster disclosed the bid received had been only £175,000 – “with payment terms to be negotiated” – and was rejected out of hand.
Dempster said: “There has been a lot of speculation in recent weeks regarding Rangers and their intention to bid for our player. That bid arrived three days before the teams are due to meet in the first match of the season. It was an easy bid to reject.
“Scott Allan is one of Scotland’s best midfield talents and last season’s Championship player of the year, and any approaches for him are unwelcome.”
Head coach Alan Stubbs added: “Scott is focused on helping Hibernian to gain promotion this season, and he will be a big player for us in meeting that challenge.
“He is happy to be at Hibernian and is only focused on performing well for the club and its supporters.”
And, the Evening News understands, that will continue to be Hibs’ position, even although they expect their Championship rivals to return with at least one more effort to tempt them to sell the midfielder.
Speculation surrounding the 23-year-old’s future has been rife all summer, with Celtic and Dundee United – Allan’s first club – also credited with an interest in last season’s Championship player of the year.
Allan has enjoyed a new lease of life since making a surprise return to Scotland last summer, signing a two-year deal with Hibs following a big money move down south, his switch to West Brom turning sour.
Naturally, his form has attracted much attention, but throughout Allan himself has insisted he’s happy in Edinburgh, enjoying a revitalised career under Hibs head coach Alan Stubbs, while adamant he is intent on seeing out the final year of his contract by helping to guide the Capital side back to the Premiership.
United came in with an offer in the region of £250,000 during the January transfer window in a bid to take Allan back to Tannadice following the sales of Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong to Celtic, a move which was immediately rejected by Hibs, who remain as equally determined today to ensure he continues to wear a green-and-white shirt.
That said, they don’t expect Rangers to abandon their bid to lure Allan, a lifelong fan of the Ibrox club, to Govan, but they fully understand the part he has to play in Hibs’ own promotion bid and the danger of undoing all the hard work over the past year of rebuilding the relationship with supporters which was so sorely strained by the shattering blow of relegation.
To that end, Hibs will continue to rebuff any moves, confident that come the close of the transfer window at the end of next month Allan will remain their player.