Rangers boss Mark Warburton has told STV that whilst he believes Hibernian midfielder Scott Allan is a talented player, it's 'disrespectful' to discuss their pursuit of him.
Having landed seven summer signings already - Wes Foderingham, James Tavernier, Rob Kiernan, Danny Wilson, Andy Halliday, Jason Holt and Martyn Waghorn - new Rangers manager Warburton is now turning his attention to Allan.
The 23-year-old midfielder played a key role in Alan Stubbs' Hibernian side last season, driving them to the play-offs, where they were beaten over two legs by Rangers.
Sky Sports report that Rangers have now had two bids rejected for Allan, with STV even suggesting that the player has asked Hibs to let him leave Easter Road in order to join Rangers.
Rangers and Hibs meet in the Petrofac Training Cup later today, and whilst Warburton told STV that Allan is 'talented', he also believes it's 'disrespectful' to discuss another club's player.
"Right now he's a Hibs player and it would be disrespectful for me to say anything about Scott Allan," said Warburton. "Of course he's a talented player but there are many talented players around the country and we have been interested in a number of players.
"That one has been documented but right now my job is to focus on the squad of players here. We are always looking. Things happen for a reason with timing. But it's wrong to talk about him," he added.
Can Rangers seal a deal for Allan?
Hibernian will not want to sell their star player to a divisional rival, but ultimately they may be fighting a losing battle with Rangers.
Allan's contract expires in a year's time, and Rangers will be fully aware of that - hence trying to force Hibs to sell now rather than hold out for the coming months.
If Rangers continue to make bids for Allan, which many expect them to, then eventually they will surely offer enough where Hibs believe the value of selling him outweighs the value of him staying for another season but leaving for free. The question is whether Rangers are willing to go that high.