Hibs midfielder Scott Allan has been told to reject a move away this summer by Keith Wright.
Hibernian legend Keith Wright has told the Daily Mail that midfielder Scott Allan should snub moves to Celtic or Rangers in order to stay at Easter Road.
Allan, 23, only joined Hibs last summer having left West Bromwich Albion, but played a key role for Alan Stubbs' men as they made the Scottish Championship play-offs, only to lose to Rangers.
Allan was always highly-rated during his time with Dundee United, but failed to make the grade in England with West Brom, eventually returning to Scottish football after just two-and-a-half years south of the border.
Now back playing regular first-team football, Allan is attracting interest from Celtic and Rangers, according to a report from the Daily Mail.
Both teams are looking for midfielders this summer, and would certainly love to land more home-grown talent – and Allan fits the bill perfectly.
However, Hibs legend Wright has told the Daily Mail that Allen should instead be looking to stay in Edinburgh and keep developing under former Celtic defender Stubbs – but did add that Allan's big move isn't too far away.
"I don’t know financially if he’s on a good deal but that could be the thing to push him over the line to stay with Hibs – a wee bit more financially on his contract," said Wright.
"Because I think he’s enjoying his football. He looks like he’s enjoying it – and you can always see it in players. He’s involved in everything that’s happening on the pitch, he’s involved in every play, and he’s playing with a smile on his face."
"Hopefully that might prove more important than the money he could earn elsewhere. If he’s a Rangers fan or not, the fact that he’s playing every week, that the fans love him and that he’s a big part of what Alan Stubbs is doing, that might keep him here for a couple of years. His big move will come because he can’t play at that level and put in those performances every week without getting noticed down south. His big move will come again," he added.
Celtic or Rangers?
With both Old Firm rivals reportedly tracking Allan, a war could spark between the two clubs over the player; but who should he choose if it comes down to a decision?
Celtic can offer Champions League football under Ronny Deila, but with the likes of Scott Brown, Stefan Johansen and Nir Bitton all vying for places, Allan may find his path to the first team blocked – just as he did at West Brom.
Rangers, on the other hand, are still in the Scottish Championship alongside Hibs, so Allan would have to assess whether Mark Warburton's men give him a greater chance of long-term success than his current club. With a new chairman and new manager in place at Ibrox, Allan could be tempted to make the move to the blue half of Glasgow this summer.