Scott Allan admits avoiding Twitter since transfer to escape angry Rangers supporters

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Scott Allan is trying to avoid messages from Rangers fans over his move to Celtic.

Celtic midfielder Scott Allan has told the Daily Mail that he has decided to avoid Twitter since joining the Bhoys, in a bid to evade angry tweets from Rangers fans.

Allan, 23, signed for Celtic last month in a hugely controversial deal, given that Celtic's Old Firm rivals Rangers had been desperate to sign him.

As reported by STV, Rangers had three separate bids for Allan rejected by Hibernian, who were adamant that the midfielder would not be sold to a divisional rival.

The lengthy saga between Hibernian and Rangers enabled Celtic to swoop in and snatch Allan away, sending him to Celtic Park rather than Ibrox.

Understandably, Rangers fans were incredibly unhappy to see Allan join their bitter rivals after such a prolonged pursuit this summer, and messages on Twitter were particularly strong towards the midfielder.

Now, Allan is looking ahead to facing Aberdeen this weekend, and admitted to the Daily Mail that he is now avoiding Twitter so he doesn't have to read such messages from Rangers fans as a result of his transfer to the Bhoys.

"There’s been quite a lot of banter from folk but it’s not been as bad as I thought it might be," said Allan. "You can be a little bit worried when you are out and about yourself because you don’t know who is about, but you try not to live your life feeling that way."

"I’m from Glasgow anyway and know a lot of people around me so I’m not expecting any trouble. But I tend to keep my head down anyway and I don’t let myself get involved in any situations. In terms of social media, I still use Instagram but I’ve not used Twitter since I’ve been here at Celtic. It’s not worth the hassle of reading the abuse so I avoid it," he added.

Should Celtic face Rangers in a cup competition this season - just as they did last term - then Rangers fans will no doubt target Allan as the typical pantomime villain that fierce rivalries often have; but for now, Allan is desperately trying to ignore all the controversy over his transfer.

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