Sunday 11 December 2016

Celtic to roll out carpet for Rangers fan Allan

Jamie Holland

Published 15/08/2015 | 02:30

James Forrest of Celtic believes that fans will forgive Scott Allan's allegiance with Old Firm foes Rangers
James Forrest of Celtic believes that fans will forgive Scott Allan's allegiance with Old Firm foes Rangers

James Forrest believes Celtic fans will readily forgive Scott Allan's Rangers allegiances if he moves to Parkhead.

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The 23-year-old Hibernian midfielder had a medical yesterday with a view to signing for the Scottish champions.

Celtic's Old Firm foes Rangers have failed with three bids for Allan, a boyhood fan of the Ibrox club, and Hibernian were adamant they would not sell the player to their Championship rivals.

Forrest, a former Scotland U-21 team-mate of Allan's, is sure the former West Brom player will have no problem in being accepted by Celtic supporters should be pull on the green and white hoops.

"If he does sign, once you start playing games then everything gets forgotten about," Forrest said.

"I am sure the fans will be right behind him because he will be a really good player for Celtic.

"Obviously I know him coming through the youths and he has played with Dundee United and Hibs.

"He is a really good player. He has got a lot of flair, good going forward and technically really good. He is a type of player Celtic look for and he will fit in well.

"A massive club like Celtic are always looking to bring in players of top quality and I am sure that Scotty can come here and do really well.

"It keeps everyone on their toes and keeps the standards high in training and in games."

Forrest rejected the notion that Celtic moved for Allan only to get one over on Rangers.

Competition

The Scotland wide-man, speaking at the Hoops' Lennoxtown training ground ahead of today's match against Inverness, said: "I don't think it has anything to do with that.

"Celtic are always looking to bring in top players and, if we do sign him he will be looking to play and do well. That's what we want, competition for places."

Celtic skipper Scott Brown remains a doubt for today's match, having missed the last two matches with a hamstring complaint.

Kris Commons is expected to recover from a dead leg while Stuart Armstrong is set to return from a groin injury as Nadir Ciftci serves the fourth match of his six-match suspension.

Meanwhile, Celtic have given academy graduate Kieran Tierney a new four-year deal.

The 18-year-old made his debut as a substitute against Dundee in April, with his third appearance coming on the opening day of the season against Ross County at Parkhead, where the league flag was unfurled.

"I'm delighted. I have been here 11 years already so to get a good contract for another few years at least is fantastic, and I'm happy to commit my future to the club I love," he said.

"If you had told me at this point last season that I would be starting on the next flag day, I would have laughed at you. But now that's it actually happened, I'm hungry for more games, so I will keep working hard as always."

Elsewhere, Villarreal have reached an agreement to sign Tottenham Hotspur striker Roberto Soldado in a deal worth a reported €10m.

The 30-year-old Spaniard returns to Spain after a disappointing spell in the Premier League where he failed to live up to his €26m transfer fee from Valencia two years ago, scoring only 16 goals in 76 matches in all competitions.

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