Alan Stubbs blasts Mark Warburton over 2015 Rangers hunt for midfielder
Former Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs has blasted Mark Warburton over Rangers’ pursuit of Scott Allan in 2015 – and claimed the then-Gers boss was “disrespectful” towards the Easter Road side.
Allan was one of the Gers top targets during the summer of 2015 with Warburton wanting the midfielder to join his Ibrox rebuild but Stubbs stood firm insisting the former West Brom midfielder wasn’t going anywhere – even claiming he would resign if the player was sold – then promptly sold him to former club Celtic.
Allan has been an unmitigated flop at Celtic Park and, as a boyhood Rangers fan, may have serious regrets over the way the whole thing panned out.
Stubbs insists he told Warburton “if Scott Allan leaves, I’ll be leaving” despite remaining as Hibs boss for a year after Allan was sold.
“I rang Mark personally and spoke to him and said listen, ‘It isn’t happening, forget it’,” Stubbs told Open Goal’s Si Ferry, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“Mark tried to say he didn’t really know how the club was working and it was upstairs it was coming from. That was Mark’s versions of events, it certainly wasn’t mine and I said to him, ‘listen, out of respect, it isn’t happening I can assure you. I’ve spoken to the club and if Scott Allan leaves, I’ll be leaving. That’s how much I know it isn’t happening’.
“They came back in and then again which I thought was disrespectful but I rang him a second time and there wasn’t ever going to be a third time because for me he had stepped over that manager respectfulness.”
Since joining Celtic on loan, Allan has had failed loan spells with Rotherham and Dundee and is now on loan at Hibs after being used as a makeweight in a three-way swap deal involving Simon Murray and Scott Bain.
Stubbs left Hibs in 2016 to take over at Rotherham United but only lasted a few months being sacked by the The Millers after losing 10 of his first 14 games in charge.
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