Michael Weir: Hibs must hold firm on Scott Allan

It would be a huge blow for Hibs if Scott Allan joined Mark Warburton at Rangers. Pic: Neil Hanna

It would be a huge blow for Hibs if Scott Allan joined Mark Warburton at Rangers. Pic: Neil Hanna

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Hibs simply have to stick to their guns in the Scott Allan transfer saga because If he was to be sold to Rangers, it would be a huge blow to our promotion hopes.

Unless it’s stupid money thrown at them, they’ve simply got to keep him. Alan Stubbs is trying to build a team the Hibs fans can enjoy watching. Last year proved a bit too early for them in terms of promotion but we’ve got genuine hopes of pushing on this year. Our chances of doing that will diminish significantly if we sell our best player.

Teams come in for players all the time – as a club we have to be strong enough to simply say we’re not going to let him go. They have done that so far and I hope they continue to do so because it would be a shattering blow to our long-suffering supporters if he was to leave.

I’m not too worried about Scott throwing in the towel if he doesn’t get his move. The matter is out of his hands. If Hibs don’t want to sell, he can’t do anything until January. It’s as simple as that.

It’s a new experience for him being in such a high-profile tug-of-war and it’s not his fault that another club want him. He’s just got to stay professional, do his training, play his football and let the two clubs sort out his future.

Allan’s situation obviously cast a cloud over our first competitive game of the season. It’s safe to say things have not gone to plan so far, but I never read much into early-season results as many players are often not fully up to speed or at peak form straight away.

A lot of the Rangers players were up for it because so many of them are new boys trying to make an instant impact. We had a lot of boys missing who will start when they’re fit so I’m not too worried. We really missed Allan’s presence. By the time he came on, it was too late for him to really effect the game.

The manager would have been annoyed at losing six goals but things can change very quickly and we have two winnable fixtures – at home to Montrose in the League Cup and then away to Dumbarton in the league – to get ourselves back on track. Hopefully Scott Allan is at the heart of our midfield in both games.