Leigh Griffiths on the reception Scott Allan received from his new Celtic team-mates

The former Hibernian midfielder was a prime target for Rangers, before their bitter rivals swooped in to seal the deal.

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths has revealed the reception known Rangers fan Scott Allan got on his arrival in the team’s dressing room, before the Inverness game on Saturday.

The former Hibs midfielder was presented to the Parkhead faithful before the game and Griffiths revealed the 23-year old had to cope with his fair share of friendly abuse when he decided to meet the squad.

“Scott wasn’t even in the dressing-room door and Charlie Mulgrew was winding him up. It will remain behind closed doors but was great banter from the likes of Charlie and Scott Brown,” Griffiths said, in quotes published by the Daily Record.

“It was good fun but I am sure Scott will take it right in his stride.”

Allan’s allegiances to Rangers were made public this summer, as the club tried in vain to prise him away from fellow promotion hopefuls Hibs.

The Edinburgh club were determined not to sell to a direct rival however, and once the Hoops made their move, there was only ever one outcome.

His introduction to the Celtic crowd was met with a rapturous reception and Griffiths spoke of his lack of surprise, even given Allan’s ties to Rangers.

“I’m not surprised he got a good reception. Celtic fans will welcome anyone.”

“It won’t be an issue. It doesn’t matter if you support Rangers or East Stirling. As soon as you pull on that Celtic jersey the fans will take to you straight away.”

Allan will hope for plenty of opportunities to pull of the famous shirt but there remains doubts over how much game time he will see, with a plethora of gifted attacking midfielders currently ahead of him in the club’s pecking order.

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