Celtic midfielder Scott Allan has signed a pre-contract agreement with Hibernian, with Neil Lennon revealing that it has always been an aim to bring the player to Easter Road.

The 27-year-old was on the fringes at Celtic Park, and has failed to manage even a single appearance for the Bhoys this term.

His contract was set to expire in the summer and Celtic's Scottish Premiership rivals have acted quickly to bring him on a pre-contract agreement.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has insisted that Allan is someone he rates, but who has been unfortunate not to play for the first-team this season. He also took time to insist that there has been a number of enquiries about the player.

"There's been some enquiries for him, so we'll see how that develops", Rodgers was quoted as saying by the Scottish Sun.

Hibs manager Lennon on his part insisted that he admires Allan and had wanted him back after a successful loan spell last season.

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"It's no secret that Scott is a player I admire and wanted back at Hibernian", Lennon said.

“He’s a player who suits the attacking brand of football we like to play. The type that gets supporters off their seats.

“We’re looking forward to having him back.”

Allan managed a total of 12 league appearances for Hibs last term, scoring three goals.