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Hibs & Scott in a bit of verbals; Allan angry as Hibs stay silent over verbal deal.

Byline: GAVIN BERRY sport@dailyrecord.co.uk

HIBS are refusing to deny that they are reneging on a verbal agreement by killing Scott Allan's dream move to Rangers.

The midfielder and his representatives are furious with the Edinburgh club's refusal to sell him.

Allan and his advisors claim it was acknowledged when he signed as a free agent that Hibs wouldn't stand in his way if a bigger Turn to Page 62 From Back Page club came in for him. But chief executive Leeann Dempster was tight-lipped on those claims while boss Alan Stubbs wasn't involved in the negotiations and insisted any such deal must be put in writing.

Hibs are charging ahead with plans for the new season with Allan part of them and have added John McGinn, subject to a medical, to their squad after agreeing a six-figure compensation deal with St Mirren.

Asked about claims of a verbal agreement with Allan, Dempster said: "I would never discuss the content of a player contract or the discussions around a player contract so I won't confirm or deny any of that."

Stubbs said: "I wasn't involved in that discussion so I can't comment. If I had promised him then it would have been in writing and I'd advise any player never to have a verbal agreement."

Dempster said: "It's been an unusual week. Scott is within his rights to ask for a transfer, as any player is, and we're within our rights to refuse that. The transfer request has come from a team many perceive to be one of our biggest rivals this season. It's a pretty straightforward situation."

Allan received vile online abuse and Dempster said: "That was unnecessary but our own support made it clear it was not acceptable and it's not acceptable.

"If it goes any further as far as Police Scotland is concerned we will co-operate fully."

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Date:Jul 31, 2015
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