Celtic should let Scott Allan leave now in the January transfer window so he can get on with his career.
The midfielder signed a pre-contract agreement to return to Hibernian in the summer.
However, Celtic shouldn’t stand in his way if Hibs want to make the move happen this month.
It has just never really happened for Allan at Celtic. The classy midfielder shone for Hibs in the Championship, winning player of the year in 2014/15.
A £450k move to Celtic was his reward but he never broke into the side under Ronny Deila or Brendan Rodgers.
All in all, Allan made only a measly three starts for the Bhoys. It appears Celtic only signed Allan to prevent rivals Rangers from doing so.
The midfielder was locked in a transfer tug-of-war between Celtic, and his boyhood heroes Rangers. The Ibrox club wouldn’t pay Hibs’ asking price and Celtic did.
In total, he made 17 appearances for Celtic and didn’t find the net in any of those games.
Celtic fans were hopeful when Allan arrived that he could make an impact. He did look bright in his fleeting showings, however they were few and far between.
Loan spells at Dundee and Hibs followed, and he demonstrated his obvious skill. He belongs at the Scottish Premiership level.
Everyone can move on
Allan himself will no doubt be itching to get back to Hibs as soon as possible.
He is adored by the fans there, and has played the best football of his career at Easter Road.
Neil Lennon will want Allan in now, and it would be best for all parties if a deal is agreed now.
Celtic should let Allan leave now, and move on from the debacle that was his Celtic career.
Allan has always shone in green and white, it’s just a pity it wasn’t Celtic’s.