Rangers are poised to make a formal offer to Hibs as they bid to sign prized midfielder Scott Allan.
The 23-year-old has been a stand-out for the Easter Road outfit men since he joined last summer and his impressive performances have caught the eye of both Rangers, Celtic and Dundee United in the past six months.
United had a bid of £250,000 rejected in January - the only concrete approach made for the former Scotland Under-21 midfielder - and despite a summer of speculation, no clubs have bid as yet for last season’s Championship Player of the Year.
However, new Rangers manager Mark Warburton is understood to have watched Allan during pre-season and has been impressed by the creative midfielder, who has scored in both Hibs’ friendlies against Berwick and Dunfermline.
Allan has one year to run on his Hibs contract and has said that he is happy to see out the final year of his deal in Edinburgh, insisting that he enjoys working under head coach Alan Stubbs and that he can be improved by him further. Hibs, on their part, are extremely reluctant to sell their star man and Stubbs has said that he’d rather see Allan leave for nothing in the summer than sell him ahead of this season’s push for promotion.
Hibs and Rangers, who are the front-runners for this season’s Championship, play on Saturday at Easter Road in the first round of the Petrofac Training Cup.