Neil Lennon fears he is fighting a losing battle in trying to get Scott Allan back to Hibs.

The Easter Road gaffer wants to sign the Celtic midfielder either on loan or on a permanent deal as part of his preparations for the second half of the Hibees’ Premiership season.

Allan is free to leave Celtic with his contract expiring in the summer.

Despite the belief the 27-year-old will quickly return to Hibs after a successful stint last term, Lenny warns he may not.

Scott Allan in action for Celtic
 

Hibs have already snared Ryan Gauld on loan from Sporting Lisbon in this transfer window and
 Lennon said: “There’s no inevitability about us signing Scott at all.

“There is a lot of talk about it and he’s a player we all admire here but it’s about availability, cost and whether he wants to come.

“Those avenues haven’t really been pursued yet.

“Scott and Ryan are similar types of players but if I could get the two of them, I wouldn’t be complaining.

“At the moment, it’s still just speculation but I think Hibs is a club that’s been very good for Scott and he’s been good for Hibs too.”