Deila never believed new Celtic signing Scott Allan would complete Rangers move

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Ronny Deila was always confident that Scott Allan would sign for Celtic.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has told the Daily Record that he never believed midfielder Scott Allan would join rivals Rangers.

Allan, 23, left West Bromwich Albion last summer in order to join Hibernian, and after one season of starring under Alan Stubbs at Hibernian, the midfielder has made another big move.

On Friday, Allan completed a move to Celtic, penning a four-year deal at Celtic Park as manager Deila adds yet another talented young Scot to his ranks.

The deal has been a real saga though, given that - as reported by STV - Rangers had three bids for Allan rejected in a valiant attempt to lure him to Ibrox.

Instead, Allan ended up signing for Rangers' Old Firm rivals Celtic, in a deal which has made him loved by one side of Glasgow and loathed by the other.

Celtic boss Deila has now told the Daily Record that whilst he was aware of Rangers' interest, he never truly believed they could beat Celtic to Allan's signature.

"No, I thought we had good control of the situation," said Deila when asked whether he thought Allan could join Rangers. "I spoke to him before we signed him. We need the right personality, that is the most important thing.

"We know he has talent. It is about wanting to sacrifice everything to be the best and have that ability to learn and he was very, very keen to come to Celtic. I have looked at him for a while. He has great talent and the ability to make the final pass and be creative in the last third of the pitch," he added.

Allan now has strong competition for a place in the Celtic midfield, and he must prove that Celtic was the right move for him rather than Rangers.

Playing in the Champions League and challenging for the Scottish Premiership title was no doubt a huge draw for Allan, and Celtic have demonstrated their power over Rangers by managing to swoop in and hijack their move for Allan.

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