Rangers chairman Dave King claims Hibernian made initial approach over the sale of Scott Allan

Rangers had several bids for the former Hibs man rejected before he made his switch to Parkhead.

Rangers chairman Dave King has claimed that Championship rivals Hibs made the initial approach regarding the sale of Scott Allan, in quotes published by STV Sport.

The Gers’ pursuit of the 23-year old was a drawn-out and well publicised affair - with the player handing in a transfer request and several bids being rejected before Celtic swooped late for his services.

The perception so far has been one of an aggressive Rangers approach which wasn’t particularly appreciated at Easter Road, but King’s latest comments suggest events played out a little differently.

"Where I viewed it differently from Hibs was that the initial approach had really come from Hibs," said the Rangers chairman.

"They said ‘we know you’re interested in Scott so if you do want to do business let’s do it quickly so we know where we stand.”

“We proceeded to do it quite quickly and were therefore surprised when Hibs’ official response was ‘we will not sell to Rangers under any circumstances whatsoever’.

"We initially took that as a negotiating position to increase the price. It was only after another couple of rounds of negotiations that we understood they were really serious. No matter what we did they were not going to sell to us,” he added.

King’s claims make for interesting reading but beg the question of what Hibs’ motives were? It’s possible the club thought that by creating a drawn out public saga they could attract the attention of the Gers’ bitter rivals in what would be a win-win scenario.

The Edinburgh club stood to gain more financially from Celtic’s interest and, more importantly, his move to Parkhead would prevent a direct rival from strengthening, and that's exactly how it panned out.

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