The Alan Stubbs factor could help Rotherham United land a player they first wanted to sign a year ago.
Former Hibernian playmaker Scott Allan is open to a season-long loan with the Millers so he can work again under Stubbs who was his manager at Easter Road.
Twelve months ago, he refused to entertain a move south of the border when then-Rotherham boss Steve Evans wanted him, choosing to join Scottish giants Celtic for an undisclosed fee.
His switch to Celtic Park hasn’t worked out and the 24-year-old would be happy to be reunited with Stubbs, who took the Millers hot-seat in June and yesterday made ex-Celtic and Nottingham Forest centre-half Kelvin Wilson his fifth new recruit of the summer.
Allan made only two starts for Celtic last season but played in 33 Scottish Championship matches for Stubbs, and sources in Scotland speak of a cultured, intelligent midfielder who makes things happen.
He could be in Rotherham today to tie up a deal.
Evans said at the time: “It wasn’t a case of him saying ‘no’ to Rotherham, he didn’t want to come to England. We had a certain value, certainly in excess of £400,000, to bring the young man here, but if he didn’t want to come we have to move on.”
West Brom paid £300,000 to take him from Dundee United in 2012, but he was loaned out to Portsmouth, MK Dons and Birmingham City before being rescued by Stubbs at Hibs.
Meanwhile, Wilson, 30, has agreed a one-year contract and is relishing the chance to test himself in the Championship again after opting to join Rotherham in the face of interest from League One Coventry City.
The defender, who left Forest at the end of last season, said: “Nobody wants to drop down a division, so when this move came about it was a no-brainer.
“There are some big clubs in this division and some good players. You can’t look at many matches and say: ‘That will be an easy game.’ That’s not the case in this league.
“It’s a good stadium and I liked playing here previously, I’m looking forward to playing now. It’ll probably be full most weeks so it will be a good atmosphere.”
The Millers kick off their new campaign on Saturday at home to Wolves, and Wilson added: “I think the first game of the season is always a bit nervy. Everyone is excited and it starts at 100mph. As a season, I’m looking forward to it.
“The manager told me what his plans are, that there are players coming in, and about how he wants to play.”
Rotherham are also thought to be interested in Peterborough winger Jon Taylor, 24.