04 August 2015
Rangers refuse to give up on Allan
by Alan Clark | Deputy Editor
Rangers tonight submitted an increased third bid of £280,000 for Hibernian midfielder Scott Allan, with varied reports suggesting it has been snubbed by the Easter Road club already.
The latest offer was believed to have included a future sell-on fee clause in order to tempt the Hibs hierarchy, but it seems it is still not enough for them to deal in.
The highly-rated playmaker has already been the subject of two bids from Ibrox as we all know, as well as the Glasgow-born boyhood bluenose submitting a written transfer request, in what is proving to be the biggest transfer story in Scottish football in this summer transfer window.
Those two bids, thought to be around £175,000 followed by £225,000, were rejected by the Hibs board publically and they reiterated their intention of keeping Allan - certainly not selling to Mark Warburton's fellow Championship side. However, Warburton is keen to get his man and the club won't give up in order to land him in this transfer window before it shuts at the end of the month.
Hibs tied up manager Alan Stubbs and his coaching team on new deals last week in what looked like a show of faith from Stubbs to the board over their commitment to not selling prized asset Allan to Rangers. A cynic could point to Stubbs signing a new contract at a time the club potentially could be taking on a significant sum of money, with parallels drawn to Jackie McNamara at Dundee United.
It is anybody's guess at this stage, but with four weeks still to run in this transfer window, you would be mad to try and say for certain which way this transfer saga will conclude. Hibs fans are confident Allan won't be going anywhere, whilst Rangers fans are split between guessing which transfer window the former West Brom man will arrive at Edmiston Drive.
Since the saga began, Rangers have employed a certain tactical game in going after the 23-year-old. A high bid was not forthcoming at first, and small increases have followed. It was clear that a little mischief-making was pulled with the timing of the first two bids prior to the Petrofac Cup tie, but Hibs stood firm. Most of this has played out in the public domain, though all from Hibs' side of the fence and it must not be forgot that it was Leann Dempster's choice to release a statement detailing the bid and the reasoning behind the rejection.
Once it was apparent that Warburton and Rangers were set on pursuing Allan, it was clear that if business was going to happen, it would not happen with one or two bids. Rangers have tested the waters or more aptly, rattled the cage, down Leith way. Hibs' public stance is 'at no price' will they give Rangers their No.10 - but it will be interesting to see what occurs if a fourth or even fifth bid is submitted closer to the end of the window closing. Particularly if the quantum involved in the offer rises to around the £450,000 mark.
With playmaker John McGinn now a Hibs player - and with cash going out the door to cover the compensation fee - could a late bid from Rangers finally be the one that seals the deal? We shall see.