Rangers bid for Scott Allan easy to reject, says Hibernian chief
Hibernian have described Rangers' £175,000 offer for Scott Allan as "easy" to turn down.
Hibs knocked back their Ladbrokes Championship rivals' offer on Wednesday, before the teams meet in the first round of the Petrofac Training Cup at Easter Road tomorrow.
Boyhood Rangers fan Allan is midway through a two-year contract and could leave for free next summer, but helping Hibs regain their top-flight status would prove more lucrative to the club than any transfer fee Rangers are likely to offer.
A club statement read: "Hibernian FC confirmed that the club had received an offer from Rangers FC for midfielder Scott Allan.
"The offer - for a total of £175,000 with payment terms to be negotiated - was rejected out of hand."
Hibs chief executive Leeann Dempster added: "There has been a lot of speculation regarding Rangers and their intention to bid for our player.
"That bid arrived three days before the two sides are due to meet. It was an easy bid to reject.
"Scott Allan is one of Scotland's best talents and last season's Championship player of the year. Any approaches are unwelcome."
Head coach Alan Stubbs said: "Scott is focused on helping us gain promotion, and will be a big player for us.
"He is happy and is only focused on performing well for the club and supporters."