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Walter Smith: Hibs 'quite right' not to sell Scott Allan to Rangers

The former Rangers manager understands why Hibs don't want to strengthen a title rival.

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Former Rangers manager Walter Smith has said that he understands why Hibernian are refusing to sell Scott Allan to the Ibrox club.

Rangers have made multiple bids to Hibs in their attempt to sign the highly-rated midfielder but the Easter Road side have been adamant that they will not let him move to their main rivals for the Championship title.

Smith, who won 21 trophies as manager of Rangers said that he could see why Allan was so attractive to Rangers but said they should move on after failing to persuade Hibs to sell.

"Scott Allan showed last season at Hibs that he’s a very creative player and that’s something that Rangers have lacked over the last three seasons, someone who can carry the ball and create an opportunity for others," Smith told league sponsors Ladbrokes.

"That’s obviously why Mark [Warburton] wants him but it looks as though Hibs, and from their perspective quite rightly so, are not willing to sell someone who could cause them problems.

"They’ll not want to sell to anyone never mind their closest rivals

"Scott would be a terrific acquisition but I fear Hibs won’t sell so I think Rangers will have to get on without him and I’m sure they will do."

Former Scotland Under-21 international Allan informed Hibs last week that he wanted to leave and move to Ibrox but Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs previously explained the club's position.

"Our stance as a football club needs to be respected and the fact is that Scott is not for sale to Rangers," he said. "But nobody sells to their biggest rivals. Not when you've got ambitions."

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