Byline: GORDON PARKS
SCOTT ALLAN admits he turned his back on boyhood heroes Rangers because he refuses to endure the pressure of playing in Glasgow.
After completing his move from Dundee United to West Brom last night, the Scotland Under-21 midfielder insisted he had to head south in a bid to fulfil his potential.
Despite being a target for Rangers and Celtic, Glaswegian Allan revealed:
HE WASN'T prepared to invite the social problems of being an Old Firm player in his home town.
HE NEEDED to escape the SPL to play with a better calibre of player.
HE'S READY to become a major hit in the best league on the planet.
HE REFUSES to waste his talent after seeing pals hit the scrapheap.
Allan, 20, said: "As a fan it might seem strange not to look at the chance of going to Rangers but I was never told they had made an official bid.
"West Brom were always going to be my choice and even though I was aware Rangers were interested I knew I had to go south to become a better player.
"It came down to a purely football decision and no disrespect to Rangers but it was about getting the chance to play with a better standard of player.
"I'm a Glasgow boy and I just wanted to get away from the city.
"It's about focusing on my football without the distractions and not being a footballer in Glasgow with all the problems that brings.
"People have been saying I'm this or that but the true story hasn't come out. All that matters now is having people judging me as a footballer and not someone who has lost his head.
"I used to watch Paul Gascoigne and Mikel Arteta play for Rangers.
I always loved players who like to get on the ball, good footballers. I want to live up to that."
Allan agreed a 30-month deal at the Hawthorns and is determined to learn the lessons of the past and be a success. He insists he has seen at first hand the pitfalls of football.
He said: "I have so many good mates who were brilliant players who are working on building sites and not even playing football any more.
"I looked at them and knew when I got the opportunity I had to grab it because it doesn't come along often for young Scottish players.
"The percentage of Scottish success stories isn't high and I don't intend to waste my chance. I want to be the best player I can be.
"It's good to feel wanted and I know the manager has said I'm here to be a part of the future.
"I'm still young and I know I haven't played a lot of games because of injury and other circumstances.
"But I know I will only get better by working with better players.
"Graham Dorrans has turned into a fantastic player by moving to England and he has developed into a Scottish international. Look at how a move south has transformed the likes of James McCarthy and Charlie Adam. Charlie couldn't get a game at Rangers despite believing he could do it and now he's a Liverpool regular. It shows you what can be achieved."
Allan insists conditions at West Brom are night and day compared with what he has experienced north of the border.
He said: "It's been a mad few days and it's just great to be away from Scotland. It's good to be looking forward to playing football again.
"I was a no-brainer to sign for West Brom - they have fantastic facilities.
"Everything from the way they look after you right down to the sports science is just in a different class. …