Did Derby County make a mistake? Celtic chase Scott Allan 10-months after Rams rejection

Scott Allan, who is now a reported target for Celtic and Rangers, featured heavily in Derby County’s pre-season before signing for Hibernian last summer.

According to the Daily Mail, Scottish giants Celtic and Rangers are going toe-to-toe over Scott Allan’s services just 10 months after Derby County turned him away on a free transfer.

The report states Celtic are poised to engage Rangers in a tug-of-war for the signature of Hibernian midfielder Allan. The 23-year-old was voted Scottish Championship player of the year by his fellow professionals and could be on the move after missing out on promotion.

Allan, who signed a two-year deal with Hibernian after being turned away by Derby last summer, has been lauded for his creativity in the Scottish second tier and has amassed 17 assists in 40 appearances in all competitions, as well as two goals.

Did Derby make a mistake in not signing Allan?

Although regular playing time at the iPro Stadium would have been hard to come by for the former Scotland U21 international, he certainly could have been a good option to have off the bench.

He offers something different from Derby’s other wide midfielders, because rather than going for goal, he looks to make the pass.

All six wingers Derby used last season – Jordon Ibe, Tom Ince, Johnny Russell, Simon Dawkins, Jamie Ward and Jesse Lingard – were all very attack-minded and more likely to have a shot at goal than play the ball into the box. 

The Rams missed out on a place in the top six on the last day, after losing 3-0 to Reading, and have since sacked their manager Steve McClaren.

The decision not to sign Allan will not be one that haunt’s Derby fans in the future, but after doing well on trial and impressing for Hibs, he could have proved to be a good squad player.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch