Hibs manager Alan Stubbs felt the wrath of the Macron Stadium faithful this week after he slammed wantaway midfielder Scott Allan for rejecting bids for the midfielder from Rangers despite receiving a written transfer request from the playmaker.
The former centre back found himself in a similar position back in 1995 when he was at Wanderers. The likes of Arsenal and Celtic were sniffing around and Stubbs made it clear he wanted to leave, venting his frustration to the press. He finally got his move to Parkhead but his attitude left a bitter taste for may Bolton supporters, who jeered their centre back throughout the 1995-96 campaign.
Stubbs made over 200 league appearances for the Trotters in the early 90s and his acrimonious exit was made all the worse as the club were relegated in his final season.
It is that supposed hypocrisy that has left many fans of the north-west club stunned by the 43-year-old’s stance on the Allan situation.
Christopher Jones of the Bolton Wanderers Supporters Association told Mail Sport: “The way Stubbs is handling this is very hypocritical.
“When he wanted out of Bolton he became quite belligerent around the club. He kept himself to himself in the dressing room.
“If I was Alan Stubbs now I’d be initially disappointed that a player like Scott Allan wanted to leave. But I’d then think back to the position I was in 20 years ago. He wanted to make himself better at a different team.”
Former West Brom midfielder Allan has thrived at Easter Road, becoming the most sought after player outside the top flight. Rangers manager Mark Warburton has refused to rule out a third bid and it seems inevitable he will leave for Ibrox before the summer is out. Much like Stubbs he looks set to get his own way.
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