Alan Stubbs today explained that Hibs had an easy decision to make when Dundee United launched their failed pursuit of Easter Road talisman Scott Allan on Monday night.
The Tannadice club, who were in the process of selling their own prized assets, Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong, made three bids for Allan in the hours leading up to the transfer deadline.
However, Stubbs insists Hibs never had any intention of cashing in on the 23-year-old midfielder as they batted away each offer. “It was a simple stance with Scott Allan,” he told the Evening News. “We’re ambitious and when you’re ambitious, you want to keep your best players. Scott falls into that category. He’s very happy, he’s enjoying his football here and I’m enjoying working with him, so at this moment in time everyone’s happy.”
United’s bids ranged between £150,000 and £250,000. While the general consensus among Hibs fans was that the offers were far too low for a player who is contracted until summer 2016, Stubbs was in no mood to be drawn on what he thought of United’s valuation of their former player.
“It’s not for me to say what I made of Dundee United’s offer,” he added. “It doesn’t make any difference whether they were close or miles away with their bid. The fact of the matter is that he’s a Hibernian player, and that’s the most important thing.”
Instead of losing a key midfielder on deadline day, Hibs beefed up their engine room with the signing of Fraser Fyvie until the end of the season. Stubbs is hopeful that the 21-year-old former Aberdeen player will seize the opportunity to rekindle his career at Easter Road after struggling to establish himself during two and a half years at Wigan Athletic.
“I knew quite a bit about Fraser and then something came up on Monday, I put it forward to the board and we decided to move on it,” said Stubbs, explaining how the move came about.
“He’ll certainly add more competition to our midfield which I’m happy about. He had a good first year at Wigan and since then, for whatever reason, it hasn’t really taken off for him.
“There have been a few managers down there in that time which hasn’t helped, but he’s got an opportunity here to get his career back on track. We’ve given Fraser a platform and it’s up to him to grab it with both hands.”