HIBS have released a statement following Rangers’ bid for Scott Allan, insisting that the midfielder is not for sale.
Hibs chief executive Leeann Dempster said that the offer - £175,000 with ‘payment terms to be negotiated’ - was rejected out of hand.
She added: “There has been a lot of speculation in recent weeks regarding Rangers and their intention to bid for our player.
“That bid arrived three days before the two sides are due to meet in the first match of the season. It was an easy bid to reject.
“Scott Allan is one of Scotland’s best midfield talents and last season’s Championship player of the year, and any approaches for him are unwelcome.”
Allan, who scored as Hibs defeated Berwick Rangers and Dunfermline during the Easter Road side’s pre-season campaign, was something of a talisman for the club last season, and has been the subject of interest from Ipswich, Celtic and former club Dundee United as well as Rangers.
Scott Allan is happy to be at Hibernian and is only focused on performing well for the club and its supportersAlan Stubbs
Hibs head coach Alan Stubbs added: “Scott is focused on helping Hibernian to gain promotion this season, and he will be a big player for us in meeting that challenge.
“He is happy to be at Hibernian and is only focused on performing well for the club and its supporters.”