Scott Allan to Hibs seemed one of the most likely January transfer moves but Neil Lennon has revealed that a switch hasn’t been discussed with Celtic.
The best form of the midfielder’s career has been during two stints at Easter Road with Allan putting in an appearance at the derby clash with Hearts on December 29.
It seemed to be a case of crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s but as his four year Celtic contract comes to a close nothing has been discussed about a third spell with Hibs.
“There’s no inevitability about us signing Scott at all,” Neil Lennon told The Sun. “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. Scott and Ryan (Gauld) are similar types of players but if I could get the two of them, I wouldn’t be complaining.
“At the moment, it’s still just speculation but I think Hibs is a club that’s been very good for Scott and he’s been good for Hibs too.”
Allan still has six pay days left at Celtic during which he’ll be picking up significantly more money than any footballer outside of Glasgow.
So far this season he hasn’t played a competitive minute of action at first team or reserve level and may have written this season off to start next season on the same fitness terms as every other player.
Joining Hibs or Aberdeen in January may not be as appealing as some would imagine with the ball in Allan’s court to negotiate whatever deal he likes when July comes around.
Allan wasn’t in the Celtic squad that travelled to Dubai.