Scott Allan could be on the verge of sealing a surprise move to Celtic within the next few days, according to the Evening Times.
The much coveted Allan is entering into the final year of his current deal at Easter Road, and has made it clear he will not be extending the original agreement further.
The Hibs midfielder caused anger amongst the clubs support when he handed in a transfer request recently - due to the interest shown in him by boyhood heroes and Celtic's Old Firm rivals, Rangers.
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However, after consistent follow-up bids being rejected by the Edinburgh club, manager Allan Stubbs revealed that 23 year-old Allan, would not be sold at any price to a rival team in the Championship.
This has paved the way for Celtic to make a formal offer for the player, believed to be a cash, plus player deal - which would most likely see Dylan McGeouch move in the opposite direction after a succesful loan spell with Stubbs' side last season.
Further rumours have also indicated that Celtic's forgotten winger, Callum McGregor could be included as part of a potential deal, although it would only be a years loan deal.
When asked about any known bid for the attacking midfielder Deila said: “I am not talking about Scott Allan because there is nothing clear. I am not going down that road so there’s nothing to comment, via Evening Times.
He continued, “It’s the same as yesterday. I don’t comment on anything until it’s done. We have lots things, coming out and in, but nothing is clear. When something is clear I will say something.”
Fueling the Fire
The Celtic manager's inability to deny outright the notion of any deal being brokered has fuelled the fire even more, and many believe the deal is well on it's way to completion. Deila has already raided the Scottish market in recent times with the additions of; Stuart Armstrong, Gary Mackay-Steven and more recently Nadir Ciftci, most of whom have settled in very well since making the step-up.
There are those who question Deila's logic behind this move, as Celtic currently have a plethora of talent in that particular part of the pitch in which the young Allan excells. Although it has been mooted that Celtic will buy the player, then loan him back for the current campaign, allowing Celtic to hurt their oldest and fiercest rivals without kicking a ball.
In the meantime, watch this space.