SCOTT Allan revealed he did not have to think twice about joining Celtic as he received a warm welcome from the club’s support yesterday.
The boyhood Rangers supporter completed his move from Hibs to the Scottish champions late on Friday night when he signed a four-year contract.
Allan’s prospects of moving to Ibrox were blocked by the Easter Road club, who rejected three bids for him from their Championship rivals.
But the 23-year-old had no hesitation in accepting Celtic’s advances and is now eager to seize the opportunity to play Champions League football.
“In football terms for me, coming here was a no-brainer,” Allan said in a brief interview on the pitch as he was introduced to the Celtic fans before yesterday’s 4-2 Premiership victory against Inverness.
“I can’t wait to get started. It is unbelievable. It is a great opportunity for me. It is a massive club and I will try my hardest to be a great player here.”
But while Allan will be eligible to make his debut in the first leg of the Champions League play-off round tie against Malmo at Celtic Park on Wednesday night, manager Ronny Deila has warned against any expectations of the new recruit making an instant impact.
“Scott Allan isn’t going to come in here and be the king from the first minute,” said Deila.
“I don’t think he is going to go straight into the team, hardly anyone has done that.
“He has to first show in training and get into our environment. He is a young, talented player who needs to get used to what we do and our tempo.
“It’s a high level but we wouldn’t have bought him if we didn’t think he could reach it. Even though he’s coming from the Championship, it’s also a transition to understand our style of play.”
Despite Allan’s widely reported allegiance to Rangers, Deila insists he was always confident Celtic would win the race for his signature.
“I thought we had good control over the situation,” added Deila. “He was very keen to come to Celtic and we had a very good conversation.
“For all players, when there is speculation around their future it’s tough to concentrate and focus on the right things.
“But he will learn something from it and it will make him stronger. It’s important to keep your focus on the right things and I think he has done that very well.”