Scott Allan insists he never fell out with Hibs head coach Alan Stubbs during his transfer saga, revealing that he also had no problem with the way the Easter Road club dealt with his desire to leave Edinburgh.
The boyhood Rangers fan submitted a transfer request to Hibs late last month amid several bids from Ibrox, but the Hibees refused to sell to their Ladbrokes Championship rivals and Allan jumped at the chance to join Celtic when they made their move last week.
The 23-year-old said: “Hibs have got to do the best for their club the way I have done the best for my career.”
“So I can’t really fault what they have done. They have looked after their best interests and what’s best for their fans.
“I have a lot of respect for Alan Stubbs. He is probably the guy that has given me the platform to go and play and I have a lot to thank him for. That’s why I’m sitting here.
“We never fell out and the relationship is still really good. I spoke to him before I signed here.”
Allan also said that he was unconcerned with any negative reactions to his move to Celtic as he stressed the switch to the Scottish champions was easily the best for his career.
“When I heard off my agent that Celtic were interested, for me it was an easy decision,” said Allan. “To step up a league, the chance of European football, and to develop as a player, that’s why my decision was made.
“I just made it on football terms, I wasn’t really bothered about what came with it. I know I will get a lot of stick off some people but for me it’s about playing football, developing, and this is the right place for me.”
Allan agreed that the importance of his boyhood allegiances had been exaggerated. “My job is a football player,” said the midfielder. “You need to look out for your best interests and that’s what I have done by coming to Celtic.”
When asked why he made his transfer request, Allan, who was keen to remain in Scotland, said: “Hibs told me if a bigger club came in, I would be able to leave, and that’s what I wanted to do. I wanted to progress my career and this is the right place for me.”