I WAS standing in the bookies on Friday afternoon when a guy walked up to the counter and asked for £100 at 5-1 on Scott Allan to stay at Hibs.
I asked him if he’d read the Daily Record (our Friday back page insisted he’d be signing for Celtic) and he said he had inside info Allan would knock them back and agree a pre-contract with Rangers in January.
He was furious when Ladbrokes said the book had been suspended and I hope he’s in today to apologise to the manager who saved him money.
So Allan’s now a Celtic player and it’s a surprising move for the diehard Rangers fan who has been linked with a move to Ibrox for weeks.
Hibs might not be too badly affected as they’ve landed Liam Henderson on loan until the end of the season and Dylan McGeouch on a permanent deal.
Allan won’t make his debut for Celtic today at home to Inverness but has signed in time to be eligible for the Champions League clash with Malmo on Wednesday.
Celtic should bounce back from their shock draw at Kilmarnock on Wednesday by beating Inverness at home but I won’t be rushing to back them at 1-4 with Betfred.
Ronny Deila’s focus is clearly on the Malmo game so there could be more squad rotation. If he puts out a stronger side than he did at Rugby Park consider the Hoops minus one but wait for team news.
Inverness have been powderpuff this season and haven’t netted on their last four trips to Parkhead.
Leaders Hearts could see their 100 per cent record ended at Ross County. Jambos boss Robbie Neilson says he’s expecting his toughest test of the season and he could get it.
Hearts are 7-4 at McBookie but I’m on the stalemate at 5-2 with Betfred and Neilson has stated he’ll put out a more defence-minded side with County boasting a dangerous front two in Craig Curran and Liam Boyce. Despite that I expect both sides to score.
Second-placed Aberdeen chose to have a midweek rest and that could pay dividends as they head to a Motherwell side tamely beaten at Hearts. The Dons are 5-6 with Ladbrokes to make it three wins on the spin.
Dundee showed their good and bad sides on Tuesday as they bounced back to claim a thrilling 2-2 draw at Tannadice. They can score and concede so both to net when St Johnstone visit looks the best bet at 1-1 with William Hill. Saints’ Graham Cummins is 14-5 (Stan James to score for the fourth game in a row.
Dundee v St Johnstone btts
(1-1, William Hill)
Ross County v Hearts btts