Scott Allan's deal from Celtic to Hibs "isn't inevitable"

By David Walton

January 13, 2019

Scott Allan to Hibs feels like the worst kept secret in Scottish football, but not according to Hibees manager Neil Lennon.

The Celtic midfielder is surplus to requirements at Parkhead. Competition since he joined back in 2015 has surged spectacularly, and he’s unlikely to feature in a Celtic jersey ever again.

Allan’s contract is up at the end of the season, with Brendan Rodgers wanting him to head back out on loan.

Scott Allan just hasn’t hit the heights at Celtic (Vagelis Georgariou/ActionPlus/Corbis via Getty Images)

Given his previous successes at Easter Road combined with Hibs’ current interest, a deal looked inevitable. Lennon, however, has quickly moved to deny that idea in the Daily Record.

“There’s no inevitability about us signing Scott at all.

“There is a lot of talk about it and he’s a player we all admire here but it’s about availability, cost and whether he wants to come.

“Those avenues haven’t really been pursued yet.”

The move makes sense for all parties

Celtic don’t want Allan anymore, and therefore don’t want him on the wage-bill either. It would therefore be a surprise if the Hoops were making life difficult for Hibs in taking him.

Yet, according to Lennon, Hibs haven’t really bothered to make the move yet. It’s therefore difficult to see where his concerns over the deal are coming from.

Allan is highly unlikely to not want the move to Leith. It’s as good a club as he could hope to receive at this point in his career. It’s also a club that’s been good to him in the past.

The best periods of Allan’s career have come at Hibs (Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

And, considering Rodgers has already confirmed he’s available, it’s tricky to pinpoint where Lennon’s concerns are arising from.

It could be the case that the deal for Ryan Gauld has ended any chance of Hibs being able to pay Allan’ wages. But it would still be a huge surprise if this wasn’t a deal that Hibs soon turned to.

With only 17 competitive appearances to his name throughout his Celtic career, his time here is up one way or another. If Hibs therefore want him, surely a deal could be done.