Report: Hibernian looking to sign Celtic's Scott Allan despite Neil Lennon saga

By David Walton

January 29, 2019

Hibs’ suspension of Neil Lennon hasn’t stopped them from pursuing Scott Allan this month, according to the Edinburgh Evening News.

Talks have remained ongoing, and don’t appear to have been hampered by Lennon’s absence. The Leith boss had been shown the door on Friday after a situation seemingly involving a fiery team meeting.

Question marks could then obviously be brought up over the future of their new signing Allan. That’s because, despite signing a pre-contract, the clubs had been locked in talks regarding him leaving this month.

Scott Allan had a successful six-month loan stint at Hibs last season (Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

But the Edinburgh Evening News source is reporting that negotiations will continue in Lennon’s absence. Hibs still want Allan in this month, and are refusing to cancel those plans regardless of Lennon’s presence.

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Allan has no future at Celtic, and hasn’t been seen in a competitive match-squad this season at all. The play-maker signed for Hibs earlier on in the transfer window, but his deal currently only kicks in at the end of the season.

It remains the best move for Allan

Despite the uncertainty surrounding Hibs, a deal this month would still remain the best option for the out-of-favour Allan.

He likely won’t take part in another match-day squad given how far down in the pecking order he is. Considering his departure from the club has also been finalised, there’s not much to entice Brendan Rodgers to give him another shot.

Neil Lennon is currently suspended by Hibs (Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

At 27, Allan needs to be getting regular games. If he moves to Hibs, he’ll likely be guaranteed that given he would instantly become one of their best players.

Despite any potential managerial change that could happen, Allan’s quality should make him a mainstay in the team regardless. He’s already had two separate successful spells at Hibs, and will be itching to start a third immediately.

There’s nothing for Allan at Parkhead anymore. He wants to move as has been shown with the pre-contract, and Hibs remain keen to get him. Considering there’s no real need for Celtic to keep him, it’s difficult to see this deal not getting over the line between now and January 31st.