Alan Stubbs has revealed he’s not going to waste his time by calling Rangers boss Mark Warburton for a third time to tell him Scott Allan is not for sale.
Stubbs phoned Warburton following each of the Ibrox club’s first two offers for “one of Scottish football’s most prestigious talents” to make the Capital club’s stance clear. But following a third offer, again rejected out-of-hand, Stubbs won’t be making another call to his opposite number, adamant Warburton should have got the message by now that: “We will not do business with Rangers.”
Rangers’ refusal to take no for an answer, a first bid of £175,000 upped to £225,000 and now £280,000, is increasingly exasperating those in charge at Easter Road, but they are adamant their stance on the 23-year-old won’t change and that he’ll remain their player after the transfer window closes at the end of the month.
Rotherham and Wigan have also been credited with an interest in last season’s Championship player of the year but, revealing Hibs have not received offers from any club other than Rangers, Stubbs said: “Our stance has not changed, and it is not going to change,
“I think we have been very clear from day one, we will not do business with Rangers. That will not change, that will be the same on September 1.
“There have been two phone calls, after the first and second bids. Will I make a third? No. I didn’t think I would have to make one, I certainly didn’t think I would have to make two. I certainly won’t be making three.”
Allan, pictured left, has made his wish to join Rangers known, the former Dundee United and West Brom player having handed in a written transfer request, but Stubbs said: “The club is the most important thing, the team is second behind that and that will always be the case. The individual’s needs do not outweigh the club’s or the team’s.
“It’s always been the club, the team, the player and that will never change. Individuals might think it might change, but it won’t.”
While Warburton himself has repeatedly claimed it would be “disrespectful” to speak about another club’s players and insisted a fourth bid for Allan was “up to the powers that be”, Stubbs believes there have been plenty of others willing to chip in on Rangers behalf.
He said: “What we have done is in the best interests of the football club. Obviously Mark is right saying he does not want to speak about it, but I see lots of ambassadors for the football club have managed to speak about it – maybe that’s a way round it.
“I think the publicity has been quite one-sided, it’s been as if we would give in. Maybe they do not realise how serious we are.
“I think some people may think that automatically we should just, as a football club, say ‘okay, he can go’. But I don’t think people have respected our position as a football club in what we are doing. I think sometimes people think what we are doing is wrong – I think we have every right.
“You do not sell your best player to a rival club. You do not let your best people go to your rival business unless you are silly.”
Stubbs has constantly stated he’s intent on strengthening his squad further rather than allowing players to leave, a fact underlined by the payment of a six-figure sum to secure the signature of former St Mirren youngster John McGinn.
The head coach said: “When you are a big club, you will always have ambition and we are an ambitious football club. We want to get out of this division as soon as possible and I think what we have done shows a clear intention.”
And Stubbs believes Hibs supporters are 100 per cent behind the club, saying: “They have had a tough time over the last number of years and for the first time in a while they can see the club is making a stance, which is in their beliefs as well. This is not a club pulling in different directions, this is a club going in one direction.”