Scott Allan has told Hibernian that he wants to leave the club.
Hibernian have confirmed on their official website that midfielder Scott Allan has handed in a transfer request - but Alan Stubbs' men are adamant that the player won't be sold to Rangers.
Allan, 23, joined Hibs from West Bromwich Albion, and played a key role as Stubbs guided his side to the play-offs, only to lose to Rangers.
Now, new Rangers boss Mark Warburton is looking to build his own squad at Ibrox, and having already landed Wes Foderingham, James Tavernier, Rob Kiernan, Danny Wilson, Andy Halliday, Jason Holt and Martyn Waghorn, the attention has now turned to Allan.
The midfielder was left out of Hibs' 6-2 defeat to Rangers on Saturday, with speculation rife over his future. Sky Sports reported that Rangers had seen two bids rejected for Allan, whose contract at Easter Road runs out next summer.
The most recent development to this transfer saga is that Hibernian have confirmed on their official website that Allan has handed in a transfer request - but they won't be giving Allan his dream move to boyhood club Rangers, as they don't want to strengthen a direct rival.
Rangers fans unsurprisingly took to Twitter following the statement, with supporters urging Rangers to make an increased third bid for the Scottish star - but others weren't so convinced, suggesting that Warburton's men should move if Hibs refuse to sell.
Here is how Rangers fans reacted on Twitter as Hibernian released a statement regarding Allan's future at Easter Road...
The very worst case scenario for us in Allan saga, is he decides to cut losses and move south. He won't be joining any other Scottish team.— Goncharenko72 (@Goncharenko72) July 28, 2015
I just really want Rangers to table a serious bid for Scott Allan - something around £450,000 - to see if Hibs stick to their guns.— Harry (@Harry_Cumming94) July 28, 2015
Hope Scott Allan gets to join us but I don't think it will happen but I hope for him it does and us cause he is a very good player #rfc— Duncan Macgregor (@Dunks278) July 28, 2015
Would Allan be a good addition? Sure. But he won't come to Rangers this window. So be it. We move on. Not integral to our season— Simply Rangers (@simplythegers) July 28, 2015
Rangers will weaken Hibs even if Allan doesn't move. No funds to strengthen team and an unhappy player who doesn't want to be there.— Rangers Loyal (@RangersLoyal_) July 28, 2015
Scott Allan is the not the be all and end all of Rangers season. He would benefit our team but they could hold onto him till next season— Lee Anderson (@LeeAndersonRFC) July 28, 2015
Rangers please but a decent bid in for Allan.. he handed in the transfer request in the hope to come to us, don't let anyone else have him..— Alex (@alex_jonesie) July 28, 2015
If scott Allan wants to come to rangers then hibs can't stop him. He's handed a request in. Keeping him there will make him more unhappy— Claire Innes (@Innes1690) July 28, 2015