Rangers vice-chairman admits interest in signing Scott Allan amid reported Celtic interest

Paul Murray has admitted Rangers would be interested in signing Hibernian midfielder Scott Allan.

Rangers vice-chairman Paul Murray has told The Times that he would be interested in bringing Hibernian midfielder Scott Allan to Ibrox.

Allan, 23, joined Hibernian on a free transfer last summer having failed to break into the West Brom side, and ended up becoming a star under Alan Stubbs.

Allan played an integral role as Hibs reached the Scottish Championship play-offs, only to be beaten by Rangers in the semi-finals.

Now, speculation surrounds Allan's future. With just one year left on his contract at Easter Road, interest is building in the midfielder, with the BBC reporting that Celtic and Rangers have both made enquiries about signing the player this summer.

Whilst Celtic would be favourites for his signature, Rangers vice-chairman Murray has told The Times that he would be interested in bringing the player to Ibrox.

"He’s obviously under contract with someone else so we can’t talk about him in too much detail," said Murray. "But we should be seeking to identify players to our team and our squad and bring them in and add further value to them through what we do here."

"Scott Allan is an example of a player I personally think is a very good player. His profile is right as a young guy with a lot of potential. He has played quite a lot of football. I think he’s a player a lot of clubs would like to sign. And obviously there have been opportunities (for Rangers) to sign him in the past which have slipped past," he added.

Missed opportunity

As Murray noted, Allan was available on a free transfer last summer having been released by West Bromwich Albion, but both Celtic and Rangers both passed up the opportunity to sign him.

Now, either Celtic or Rangers would have to pay a considerable fee to sign Allan this summer, highlighting just how wrong they both were to let him join Hibs unchallenged a year ago.

Both teams will be looking to learn their lesson from the Allan situation, and take more chances on young Scottish players unwanted in England.

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