Former Celtic midfielder Scott Allan has given an interesting insight into relations between the Hoops and Hibernian from Peter Lawwell’s point of view.
Allan, who now plays his football in Leith, has been speaking about the time in January 2019 when he wanted to join current Hoops boss Neil Lennon at the Easter Road club.
The youngster had fallen badly out of favour under Brendan Rodgers at Parkhead, and sensed an opportunity to get some first-team football with just six months remaining on his Celtic contract.
“I got myself to Christmas and I thought, I’ll manage to go to Hibs in January with Lenny,” Allan told Open Goal’s Keeping the Ball on the Ground Podcast. (YouTube, 52 mins)
“Then I wasn’t allowed to go to Hibs.
“Peter (Lawwell) said I couldn’t go to Hibs. They said they’d done Hibs too many favours in the past so that was off the table.
“I thought that would have got pushed through.”
Allan gives insight into Lawwell’s ruthless mind
It’s an intriguing claim from Allan about the inner workings of Celtic and their apparently uneasy relationship with the Edinburgh club.
We’ve done a lot of business with Hibernian over the years. From Scott Brown to Gary Caldwell and Anthony Stokes – players have gone between the sides pretty frequently over the last 15 years or so.
But perhaps our failed bid to get John McGinn in the summer of 2018 has left a bit of a bitter taste in the mouth of Lawwell and co.
They may feel that Hibs didn’t treat us well as they continually knocked back bids, before accepting one from Aston Villa down south.
That may, in turn, have led to the feeling that we shouldn’t give Hibs what they wanted with Allan – showcasing Lawwell’s ruthless mind.
Since the McGinn fiasco, there haven’t been too many dealings with the Leith side despite Lennon becoming our manager a matter of weeks after leaving Hibs.
There were murmurings that Martin Boyle could move to Glasgow in the window just gone, but nothing materialised there.
And with Lawwell feeling we don’t need to do Hibs any more favours, you wonder if the feeling is mutual.