Latest Rotherham signing Scott Allan was desperate to be reunited with Alan Stubbs, the Millers boss has said.
The 24-year-old has joined the Millers on a season-long loan from Celtic and links up again with Stubbs, who signed him at Hibernian and turned him into a player the Parkhead giants paid £250,000 for.
Although they were only together for a year at Easter Road, the pair have stayed in touch, and when the midfielder found out he was not part of Brendan Rodgers’ plans and could go out on loan, he was soon on the phone to his former boss.
“He has always rung me when he has wanted someone to talk to for advice, and I just feel that’s me being normal,” Stubbs said. “I suppose he has respected that. I texted him the other week to see how things were going, not about him coming here, and then it seemed to happen very quickly.
“He went and had a conversation with Brendan. They said they’d allow him out on loan and then Scotty was pestering me to bring him here. I was delighted.
“If you ask him why he has come here, I would probably have a big part to play in that. I am looking forward to seeing him. He can do well in this division. He has ability. It’s how he puts that into practice now.”
Allan, who has had one stint in English football before at West Brom, adds further depth to a midfield department rich in attacking quality and Stubbs knows he brings something different.
“He is a very talented player,” the boss added. “He is different. He will take the ball in very difficult situations. On some days you’ll see him and say, ‘Wow, he is a really good player’, and on other days it may not come off.
“The most important thing is that he has got really, really, good ability, and I think he has got his best years ahead of him.”
Allan became Stubbs’ seventh summer signing and the third in three days. He is in contention to make his debut against Wolves on Saturday.