Celtic should help Scott Allan find a new club

By David Walton

October 5, 2018

Scott Allan’s Celtic career has stumbled from one disaster to another. It’s now time for the Hoops to start helping him find a new club.

The fact is that Allan was on last-chance saloon at Parkhead this season. It was now or never after a successful loan spell at Hibernian. Now it’s time Celtic and Allan both call it quits and find a way forward for the midfielder.

It’s a shame how it’s went for the former Hibernian star in Glasgow. He arrived with so much talent, and already a fans’ favourite after being Rangers’ most coveted transfer target back in 2014.

Scott Allan had some impressive cameos for Celtic (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Fast forward four years, however, and Allan has only made a handful of appearances at the club and not scored one goal. Even more concerning was the fact there had never been a chink of light where Allan could’ve pushed on from. It’s simply been one detrimental blow to another.

Under Ronny Deila, Allan made his most appearances in a Celtic jersey. He played nice cameos against the likes of Ajax and Dundee United. Outside of that? He quickly fell away into the fringe layer of talent.

No new dawn

Deila continued to keep him out of the team before Brendan Rodgers’ arrival at Parkhead. Immediately for a player like Allan, this should’ve been like a new dawn. That’s not to say Rodgers hasn’t played him in friendly games either. The midfielder has had a bunch of pre-season appearances where he actually played not too badly.

The problem was that Allan never looked like Celtic class, and he never was before arriving in the first place. It’s clear now that Celtic only signed the former Dundee United prodigy to stick it to Rangers. For supporters, sure it was a funny moment, but for Allan’s career it’s been a horrendous deal.

Allan scored big goals against Hearts and Rangers last seson for Hibs (Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Allan tried to get himself back on track with loan spells at Rotherham United and Hibernian respectively. The former didn’t work out, but the latter was where he starred. A final-day goal against Rangers at Easter Road only saw his stock rise in the eyes of the Hibs fans. Allan looked like his old self again and was thriving in Leith.

Upon his return to Parkhead this summer, Allan looked in the mix. Another few pre-season appearances had everyone hoping he could finally play a part. But now, he’s just petered out and is once again nowhere near the Hoops squad.

On a weekly basis, and even with Celtic’s squad as thin as it is, Allan is non-existent. He barely even plays for the reserves, and his Celtic career is most certainly over.

Now? It’s time Celtic finally did the midfielder a favour and helped him get a new club. Permanently this time.