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Celtic move an easy decision, insists Rangers fan Scott Allan

By Ronnie Esplin

Published 18/08/2015

Former Hibernian player Scott Allan
Former Hibernian player Scott Allan

Celtic's new signing Scott Allan says he is unconcerned with any negative reactions to his move as he stressed the switch to the Scottish champions was easily the best for his career.

The boyhood Rangers fan submitted a transfer request to Hibernian late last month amid several bids from Ibrox, but the Edinburgh club refused to sell to their Ladbrokes Championship rivals and Allan jumped at the chance to join Celtic when they made their move last week.

The 23-year-old said: "When I heard off my agent that Celtic were interested, for me it was an easy decision. To step up a league, the chance of European football, and to develop as a player, that's why my decision was made.

"I just made it on football terms, I wasn't really bothered about what came with it. I know I will get a lot of stick off some people but for me it's about playing football, developing, and this is the right place for me."

Allan agreed that the importance of his boyhood allegiances had been exaggerated.

"My job is a football player," said the midfielder, who hopes to be involved in Celtic's Champions League qualifier against Malmo tomorrow.

"You need to look out for your best interests and that's what I have done by coming to Celtic."

Allan spent one season at Easter Road where he rejuvenated a career that had failed to hit anticipated heights following his move from Dundee United to West Brom in January 2012, failing to make the Baggies first team.

He was introduced to the media yesterday afternoon but he had already been paraded in front of the Celtic support ahead of their 4-2 victory over Inverness on Saturday.

"It was unbelievable," he said. "It was a bit better than what I expected it was going to be. It was a really good feeling and it's something I will never forget.

"It wasn't much of a concern, I was just uncertain what I was going to come out and face."

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