Hibs have rejected an offer of £175,000 from Rangers for midfielder Scott Allan.

Speculation has been rife all summer however the size of the bid is seen by many fans as insultingly low and merely an attempt to unsettle the Glaswegian before Saturday’s Petrofac Cup tie at Easter Road.

Leeann Dempster, Chief Executive of Hibernian, said: “There has been a lot of speculation in recent weeks regarding Rangers and their intention to bid for our player. That bid arrived three days before the two sides are due to meet in the first match of the season. It was an easy bid to reject.

“Scott Allan is one of Scotland’s best midfield talents and last season’s Championship player of the year, and any approaches for him are unwelcome.”

Head Coach Alan Stubbs said: “Scott is focused on helping Hibernian to gain promotion this season, and he will be a big player for us in meeting that challenge. He is happy to be at Hibernian and is only focused on performing well for the club and its supporters.”