Celtic have completed the signing of midfielder Scott Allan on a four year deal from Championship side Hibernian.
The Scottish champions have paid £275,000 for the 23 year old, with Dylan McGeouch joining the Easter Road side on a permanent deal and Liam Henderson moving on a season long loan deal.
Rivals Rangers had been chasing Allan throughout the summer with three bids being rejected by the capital side, who flatly refused to sell the player to their championship rivals – even after the player had handed in a transfer request.
Speaking exclusively to the official Celtic website, Allan said: “I am absolutely delighted to sign for Celtic, such a fantastic club. It is such an honour to be given this opportunity and I can’t wait to get started and play my part in bringing success to Celtic and our supporters.
“There are so many exciting challenges ahead for us now in Scotland and in Europe and I am looking forward to being part of all that lies ahead. I know a number of players well at the club already, so it will be great to team up with these lads again as well as all my other new team-mates, and I know we will work hard together to bring more good times to our fans.
“I know the high-quality of players at the club and I know it will be a big personal challenge for me but it’s one I’m ready for and one I am relishing.
“I would like to thank the many fans who have already welcomed me to the club. I really appreciate this support.”
Celtic manager Ronny Deila added: “We’re really pleased to welcome Scott to Celtic. He’s a player of huge potential and someone who is hungry for success, a young player who can have a big future at our club.”
Allan started his career with Dundee United before moving to West Brom in 2012. After spending two years with the English side, he returned to Scotland after signing a two year deal with Hibernian last year.
Hibernian also confirmed the transfer of Allan to Celtic and the season long loan signing of Liam Henderson.
Manager Alan Stubbs, speaking to the official Hibs website, commented: “Liam is one of the best and most talented young players in Scotland. He’s a good, modern midfielder who can score goals, and he has played first team football for both Celtic and Rosenborg. He’s an exciting player I rate really highly and I am delighted that he is coming.
“While we were prepared to allow Scott to run down his contract and play his part in an important season for us, this opportunity provides a really good outcome for everyone. Scott gets a move he wanted, while we bring in a high quality player who is motivated to join us as we push for promotion.
“I’d like to say I am delighted with the support I’ve had from Rod, Leeann and the Board, and I’d also like to record that Scott has been a pleasure to work with. We wish him all the best for the future.”
Chief Executive Leeann Dempster said: “Scott goes with our best wishes. Alan is happy with the outcome. We have brought in a talented player on a loan for this vital season, plus a fee which will help us strengthen the squad for the challenging and exciting season that lies ahead.”
Allan will be unveiled to the Celtic support before Saturday’s game against Inverness Caledonian Thistle at Parkhead.