NEIL LENNON is delighted to land Celtic midfielder Scott Allan on a three-year pre-contract deal – but is hoping to persuade the player to join Hibs immediately.
The Easter Road gaffer is desperate to bolster his squad for the second half of the season after being told winger Martin Boyle is likely to be out for the remainder of the campaign.
Lennon will also be without Jamie Maclaren for the rest of the month with the striker involved with Australia in the Asian Cup.
Allan, 27, could become a priority signing before the transfer window closes on January 31 – but the Parkhead side could demand a nominal fee for a player who is under contract until June.
The classy playmaker, who hasn’t featured for Brendan Rodgers’ first team this term, will head for Edinburgh for the third time in the summer, but Lennon wants to hasten that arrival.
He said: “It’s no secret that Scott is a player I admire and wanted back at Hibs.
“He’s a player who suits the attacking brand of football we like to play – the type that gets supporters off their seats.”
Chief executive Leeann Dempster added: “It’s an arena and a club that brings out the best in Scott and, from speaking to him, it’s clear that it means a lot to him.”
The Easter Road side have also been linked with Allan’s Hoops team-mate Lewis Morgan who has made only one start for the champions this season.
Parkhead gaffer Rodgers has admitted some of his fringe players will be allowed to go on loan to get game time.
He admitted: “I have spoken to them about game time and it is something that might happen over the next couple of weeks.
“Scott Allan has been unfortunate for his time here. He’s a player I’ve really liked.
“It’s been very difficult for him to break in, nothing to do with his training, his attitude has been first-class.
“He is at the age now where he just wants to play football.”