CELTIC misfit Scott Allan has revealed there was NO chance of him joining Rangers in the summer of 2015 before he arrived at Parkhead.

The smooth midfielder, who returned to Hibs in June for his third stint at Easter Road, had been linked with the Ibrox side before Ronny Deila added him to his first-team squad at the champions.

However, the 28-year-old insisted Gers, with Mark Warburton taking over the hot seat from interim manager Stuart McCall, didn’t have the cash to match the offer from Parkhead.

OUCH…Scott Brown winces after a collision with Scott Allan in the Betfred League Cup semi-final.

A reported £350,000 took the talented playmaker to the east end of Glasgow, but, after making only 17 first-team appearances and agreeing to three loan deals at Rotherham, Dundee and the Leith club, he signed a pre-contract with Hibs just over a year ago before joining as a free agent.

Allan reflecting on Rangers speculation, speaking to Open Goal, admitted: “Listen, I’d had the interest before. I’d been through it twice before when I went to West Brom and then Hibs.

“Broony had phoned me and I had a long phone call with him. It never came down to choosing between the two. Rangers had made a few low bids in instalments and I think that;s what angered Hibs to begin with.

“They obviously didn’t have the money for the transfer fee that Celtic were going to pay.

“Every player has the belief that they can go somewhere and play. I felt I could go there and play.That was definitely my mindset and the chance to play in European games which I’d never done.”

WALLOP…Scott Brown thumps an effort beyond Hibs keeper Chris Maxwell in the 5-2 Hampden romp.

Allan squared up to his mate Scott Brown at Easter Road at the start of the season and it was honours even in a 1-1 draw.

However, the Hoops skipper got his own back in the Betfred League Cup semi-final in November when he scored two goals in the 5-2 triumph that saw Paul Heckingbottom sacked as the Edinburgh club’s manager.

Jack Ross was in charge when Brown again led the champions to a 2-0 triumph in December.

The teams meet again in Edinburgh on Sunday, April 5.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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