Celtic are interested in signing Dundee United and Scotland under 21 midfield star Scott Allan.
Allan has just recently broke into the first team at Tannadice, making his first SPL start in a 1-0 win over Hearts at Tynecastle a couple of weeks ago. He turns twenty in November and has been at United since he was ten years old.
He has played in three first team games for the club and has impressed in his performances. However Allan has just rejected an offer from the Dundee club to make him their third highest paid player, with a supposed £1,600 per week in wages despite him still being a teenager.
Now with Celtic and a host of other top clubs looking at him, it looks as though his future lies elsewhere. The players contract is set to expire next summer and he is free to speak to whomever he wishes in January.
With the top two in Scotland interested in him as well as Manchester United and Newcastle from down south, it is only natural his head would be turned with the lure of clubs bigger and better than Dundee United.
However his manager at United Peter Houston has been left angry and frustrated by his decision and has slammed the players agent John Viola. Houston said,
Scott has rejected our offer and I am very disappointed,
He was offered the best deal this club has ever offered to a teenager, but he has decided he doesn’t want it.
He is a very talented player but can he do the work off the ball? He has had two good games – that’s it.
For me, he should be looking to play 50-100 games here and then look to move on to a bigger club, I feel that with Scotty he is being wrongly advised.
After two and a half games, his agents demands put him on a par with higher earners here and that’s a wee bit rich.
I think he’s taken the wrong advice on knocking it back because Dundee United is a club where, if you’re good enough you’ll get moved on anyway. ”
However in return Allan’s agent John Viola had this to say to United boss Peter Houston.
Scott wants to play and if Dundee United do not want him to play and progress his talents while his contract situation goes on unresolved, then that’s their perogative.
The boy wants to play football but the ball remains in Dundee United’s court.
Hoops boss Neil Lennon is monitoring the situation and when asked about it he said,
I am aware of Scott Allan’s situation. He is a good, young player who has performed very well at SPL level and he has come to my attention through our scouting system. And yes I’d probably be interested in signing him.
The Celtic board have also said they are happy to put up the £450,000 due to Dundee United in compensation for the players signature.
With this having being said it looks as though The Bhoys are in the driving seat but with Sir Alex Ferguson sending his brother Martin up to East End Park to watch United’s match with Dunfermline to see Allan. It seems they could face stiff competition to secure his talents. With Rangers and Newcastle also waiting in the wings to see what happens.