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Was Scott Allan’s time at Celtic always doomed considering Rangers wish?

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Was Scott Allan’s time at Celtic always doomed considering Rangers wish?

The Scottish midfielder moved to Celtic, but only after wanting a Rangers switch.

The BBC has compiled a report on the future of Celtic midfielder Scott Allan today. The feature suggests he is on his way out of Celtic this month. Despite his impressive form at both Dundee and Hibernian on loan last season the midfielder has not played a single minute of football for Celtic this season. In fact, he has not even made the first-team squad since a Champions League qualifier against Rosenborg in July.

It is quite a fall from grace for a player that Celtic battled hard to sign in 2015. But it was always going to be tough for a player to thrive at Celtic when they are known to be a boyhood Rangers fan.

9th March 2018, Easter Road, Edinburgh, Scotland; Scottish Premier League football, Hibernian versus Heart of Midlothian; Scott Allan of Hibernian celebrates after scoring opening goal with Jamie Maclaren of Hibernian (Photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Allan, in fact, wanted to join Rangers and not Celtic.

According to then Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs, Allan wanted a move to Ibrox. However, that could not be sanctioned, with Hibs battling Rangers in the Scottish Championship at the time.

 

“At the end of the day you have a choice and we all know Scotty’s choice would have been to go to Rangers. I think he is a fan and we all also know the reasons we couldn’t sell him to Rangers at the time. And then Scotty and his advisors chose Celtic.

“From a football point of view in terms of the team [Hibs] it was the best option. An emotional option would have obviously been Rangers.”

– Alan Stubbs on why Hibs did not sell Allan to Rangers


Stubbs, who later took Allan on loan to Rotherham, instead sanctioned a £275,000 deal for him to head to Parkhead.  

The BBC report suggests a potential Rangers move now. However, it is clear that Allan will not be heading to Ibrox from their Old Firm rivals considering the current gap between the two teams is clearly closing.  But it certainly seems the Celtic career of this Rangers fan was doomed from the off.

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