Hibs have refused to become embroiled in speculation over the future of star player Scott Allan, insisting: “There’s nothing to talk about.”
Despite reports claiming Rangers were about to make a formal move for the much-admired midfielder, the Evening News understands there has been no contact whatsoever. While Easter Road boss Alan Stubbs was at Ibrox last night to cast an eye over new Ibrox manager Mark Warburton’s first match in charge of the Glasgow club ahead of Saturday’s Petrofac Training Cup clash between the clubs, Allan was at Somerset Park as Hibs completed their pre-season preparations against League One outfit Ayr United.
The 23-year-old wasn’t involved in the match, rested having picked up a couple of knocks in the previous games against Berwick Rangers and Dunfermline, the former Dundee United and West Brom man having scored in both.
Warburton was at East End Park to see his spectacular opener against the Pars and couldn’t help but be impressed by last season’s Championship player of the year.
Celtic and United have also been credited with an interest in the player – who has another year left on his Hibs contract – the Tannadice club having had a £250,000 bid to take Allan back to Tayside rejected out of hand by the Capital outfit during the January transfer window.
Hibs’ determination to keep Allan in a green-and-white shirt is as strong as ever. And, with the player, who became a father for the first time a couple of weeks ago, having himself stated he’s happy at Easter Road, the News understands chief executive Leeann Dempster and Stubbs are confident he’ll remain in Edinburgh after the current transfer window closes at the end of next month.