Former Hibs boss Alan Stubbs has taken a pop at Mark Warburton over Rangers’ pursuit of Scott Allan in 2015 but the Englishman has done nothing but make himself look ridiculous.
Stubbs told Open Goal’s Si Ferry that Warburton was “disrespectful” in the way the Ibrox giants tried to lure the midfielder to Ibrox before claiming that he informed the then-Gers manager that if Allan left Easter Road then he would also leave the Edinburgh side.
The former Celtic defender had a reputation for talking about Rangers at almost every opportunity during his reign as Hibs manager after falling well behind the Light Blues in the Scottish Championship during his single season in opposition to Warburton.
Contrary to Stubbs’ claims about leaving if Allan did, after refusing to sell Allan to Rangers he promptly allowed the midfielder to move to the Gers’ Old Firm rivals Celtic – and then remained in charge at Hibs for a further year.
The saddest thing about it is what came next for the player.
Allan’s move to Celtic has been nothing short of a disaster.
Less than three years after signing for the Hoops, Allan has played twice as many games for procession of clubs he has since joined on loan than he has for Celtic.
Allan might not have gone on to have a career at Ibrox that would written his place in the club’s folklore – but the 26-year-old must wonder at times what would have happened had he been allowed to join his boyhood heroes and not been the victim of a manager’s ego getting the better of him.
In other Rangers news, Stan Collymore has made a brutally honest admission about the Gers and bitter rivals Celtic.