Allan is the property of both Liverpool and Celtic

Tuesday, August 9 – 1898
A conference between the representatives of the English and Scottish Football Leagues was held Tuesday at Carlisle.
The position of players who have played in English clubs and returned to Scotland and played for Scottish clubs prior to the mutual recognition of each country’s  registration of professional players was under discussion. In this connection it was decided that George Allan, of Liverpool, and Russell, of Preston North End, are joint property of these clubs and Celtic respectively. That is to say, Allan is not at liberty to play for any club other than Liverpool or Celtic, without the mutual consent of these clubs, and Russell is similarly bound to North End and Celtic. Both, however, are at liberty to return to Scotland next season and play for Celtic should they be so minded. (Edinburgh Evening News, 10-08-1898)

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