Han­lon urges Hibs to stand strong on Allan

The Herald - Herald Sport - - PETROFAC TRAINING CUP - IAIN COLLIN

PAUL HAN­LON has urged Hiber­nian to stay strong in the face of a con­certed of­fen­sive from Rangers to try to force through the trans­fer of Scott Allan.

The Easter Road out­fit is­sued a firm “hands off” to Rangers on Thurs­day, with head coach Alan Stubbs even phon­ing Ibrox coun­ter­part Mark War­bur­ton to tell him Allan was not for sale.

How­ever, with fur­ther bids since, and the player ap­pear­ing keen on a move to his boy­hood he­roes, Rangers seem de­ter­mined to land their tar­get.

The mat­ter has pro­vided an in­trigu­ing back­drop to the meet­ing of the clubs in to­day’s Petro­fac Train­ing Cup tie in the cap­i­tal.

Han­lon is hope­ful Hibs can ul­ti­mately hang on to their star per­former for the com­ing pro­mo­tion push.

The de­fender said: “Ev­ery­one’s just kind of ask­ing [Scott] what’s hap­pen­ing and he’s not say­ing a lot. Hibs are not selling him; that’s all I’ve heard so far. Hope­fully it stays that way.

“You saw last sea­son how im­por­tant he is.

“It’s def­i­nitely a con­fi­dence boost for the fans to hear that Hibs are in a strong po­si­tion to say ‘no’.”

Han­lon in­sists Hibs took bags of con­fi­dence from the tie be­tween the teams at the same stage of the com­pe­ti­tion 12 months ago, de­spite the cap­i­tal out­fit los­ing at Ibrox, and ex­pects to­day to pro­vide both clubs with another in­sight into what could lie ahead this sea­son.

Asked about War­bur­ton’s as­ser­tion the match was just another part of Rangers’ pre-sea­son prepa­ra­tions, Han­lon added: “If that’s the way they think is best to plan their sea­son then that’s fair enough. If I’m picked to play against Glas­gow Rangers, I’m go­ing to give it my all. It will be a good in­di­ca­tion of where we are at. We’ve all worked re­ally hard through the pre-sea­son.

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