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Another Day, More “Scott Allan Linked With Celtic” Nonsense

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The Daily Record is today leading with another “Celtic In For Scott Allan” story.

This website has gone over this again and again and again, and it really bores me but in light of these “reports” I feel I have to.

We’ve just reintroduced Tom Rogic to the side, after a long absence.

We’ve been linked with a move for the Norwegian kid from Madrid.

We’ve welcomed back Liam Henderson from a very successful one season loan.

And we need a left back, one more central defender and a potent finisher far more than we need to stuff another midfielder into a squad already full of them.

We either believe this – against all evidence and logic – or we assume it’s something else.

To me this looks like a non-story in every way, and it’s probably worse than that; in my opinion it’s one designed to harm Celtic, because there’s no way that I can see this ends with him in a Hooped jersey.

At best, it will let the press write an article on how he’s snubbed us because he has his heart set on a move to Sevco.

At worst it will end with him in a Sevco shirt this time next year telling the world that he had a chance to go to Celtic but signed for them instead.

It’s an obvious piece of PR guff, with one of only two objectives; to make us look bad or to further ramp up the pressure on Hibs.

Because if they are willing to sell him to another Scottish club then it weakens their position when they say they won’t sell him to Sevco.

It will let the press paint Hibs as being hopelessly unreasonable and depriving the player of “his dream.”

This is like the Van Dijk nonsense the BBC was running yesterday.

“Talks ongoing but no bid made.”

A non issue.

But let’s say this story isn’t just media spin.

Let’s say it’s real.

I’m opposed to the move for all kinds of reasons.

First, I don’t think he’s good enough for a Celtic shirt, even as a squad player.

A decent enough footballer he may be but I’d rather we gave Liam Henderson a chance, or continued blooding Rogic.

Secondly, in light of how strong our midfield is I’d regard the signing as more about mischief making than squad building and that’s one Hell of a game to be playing with valuable resources – resources which could be put to far better use than rubbing Sevconian faces in it.

I would be furious if I thought we were spending £500,000 just to get one over on the Ibrox club.

That’s beyond petty and childish. It’s self defeating garbage.

Third and finally, I think this guy is a midfield Anthony Stokes.

He failed in England, and has found his level in Scottish football.

If we’re striving to be more than just the biggest club in this land we need to be looking for better than this.

You can judge his performances down there quite adequately by looking at the number of loan deals he went out on, and how few games he played for each team, and by doing a simple comparison with some of the other young Scot’s who made it recent years, like Scott Arfield, who’s playing for Burnley every week and doesn’t look out of place in their side.

The whole Scott Allan saga is boring.

Hibs have made their position plain; he won’t be sold to Sevco.

As an exercise in one-upsmanship this would be pretty weak in light of that.

As a team building move I can see no merit in it whatsoever.

Making a move for Allan can only lead to negative headlines.

And we get enough of those already.

I don’t believe for a second we’re interested in him …

And if I’m wrong and we are, someone’s going to have to explain the reasons why.

We ought to make a definitive statement and put this one to bed for good.

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15 comments
  • henkesdreadlocks says:

    It’s not nonsense.

  • aghavasskilty67 says:

    JAMES THINK YOU MAY HAVE TO EAT YOUR WORDS

    • James Forrest says:

      Why’s that?

      If Scott Allan signs for Celtic I’ll eat a concrete mixer full of humble pie, there you go.

      This will end in the press writing a “Celtic Snubbed” story.

      Because that was the objective all along.

  • David crawford says:

    Was good well thought out reasoned piece then u lost credibility with the Sevco taunt let it go it’s soooooo boring now you’re better than that

    • James Forrest says:

      What Sevco taunt are you talking about? They barely got a mention except for me to say that if this deal is being proposed as some kind of way to get one up on them then someone at Celtic Park has lost the plot.

  • James Forrest says:

    I’m hearing that’s the offer Hibs made US … but not about us being keen on it.

    Like I said … this one doesn’t have anything in it that we want. An inferior player to those we already have in the squad, in a position we don’t need more signings, at a time when we ought to be looking to improve and move forward.

  • john heaney says:

    dont read the record so dont care. hail hail.

  • dynafc67 says:

    I would gladly spend £500.000 just to get it right up them…plus you never know he might end up a player….just think back to how we felt when that we bassa mo Johnstone went to them….revenge is sweet

  • Martin Donnelly says:

    See at end of day I personally don’t want him but has anyone thought to find out if he wants to come to us
    HAIL HAIL

  • true blue says:

    as a gers fan I think hibs contacted celtic and offered the player to celtic I think it is hivs way of getting rid of an unhappy player but will allan go or wait till January to sign for gers personally I think this story is to get gers to come back in in with another bis cause hivs a starting to s*I* themselves now
    by the way James forrest RANGERS ARE RANGERS NOT SEVCO AS YOU CALLED US
    LOOK AT YOUR OWN HISTORY AND IF YOU CALL US SEVCO THEN CELTIC’S NAME SHOULD BE PACIFIC SHELF

  • Jim gould says:

    Tomorrow’s headline “CELTIC BOUGHT ALLAN BECAUSE THEY FEARED HIM”

  • Tony Quinn says:

    He’s signed lolz

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