Callum McGregor talks up Scott Allan ability ahead of Celtic v Hibs clash
Celtic star Callum McGregor has been talking up the qualities of former Hoops midfielder Scott Allan ahead of the two players potentially meeting later today, The Scottish Sun report.
Allan left Celtic Park permanently during the summer after a four-year spell that didn’t result in much joy for creative talent.
Signed by Ronny Deila in 2015, he would make 17 appearances that season before not ever featuring for the club again.
Brendan Rodgers didn’t allow the player to impress once during his three-and-a-half-year spell as manager, with Allan heading out to clubs such as Rotherham and Dundee on loan.
Now settled down at Easter Road, one Hoops star has been reminiscing about times in training that the player looked as good as anyone.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said: “He has this ability to reverse it from anywhere on the pitch. He would play passes in training and you would think, ‘How did he get that through?’.
“He is now getting regular games and getting consistency in his game. He was a great guy when he was here too, it was just unfortunate it never worked out for him.
“People never saw enough of him at Celtic to really judge him on that side of things. He always worked hard in training. He would go and press just as well as anyone.”
Allan is a danger man today
The former Celtic man is set to return to Paradise today and no doubt he’ll be extra motivated to show everyone what they missed out on.
He has the ability to make an impact too. The flair player has created three assists in his last three matches, one of the bright sparks that inspired his side to a 3-0 win over Aberdeen last week.
With seven goals and six assists so far this season in all competitions (Transfermarkt), he’s showing the kind of form that attracted Celtic to him in the first place.
His pass to Daryl Horgan at Ibrox earlier this season is proof enough he can produce the goods against form sides in the country.
Players like McGregor and Scott Brown will need to be full of energy and awareness to shut their former teammate down.
Fortunately, Neil Lennon has a well-rested strongest eleven to pick from when Hibs come calling. We shouldn’t have too much problem seeing off the challenge of Jack Ross’ men if the team play to the best of their abilities.