Former Celtic star Scott Allan fails to impress in big opportunity

By David Walton

November 3, 2019

Scott Allan’s chance to prove us all wrong yesterday was right in front of him.

The Hibernian midfielder undoubtedly has a constant point to prove to Celtic. Were we wrong to let him go? Did he deserve more of a chance? Will we rue not keeping him as he looks to be a thorn in our side? All of those questions were up there to be answered yesterday.

In a way, it was Allan’s biggest opportunity since leaving us in the summer. Sure, a good display was hardly going to make Celtic come back in for him. However, overcoming Neil Lennon’s side would’ve represented vindication for him on a personal note.

Scott Allan had his big chance to impress us all yesterday (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He impressed in the 1-1 draw at Easter Road back in September. But that was a run-of-the-mill league game. Yesterday afternoon’s contest between the sides was a huge chance for him. A chance to cut off our stranglehold on all of Scotland’s domestic trophies. A chance to make himself stand-out and represent regret for Celtic.

But, come the end of the day, Allan was simply chasing shadows at Hampden.

He was up against an inspired Scott Brown, and throughout the entire 90 minutes, he offered nothing in an attacking sense. Allan did have a couple of dribbling opportunities which he tried to take. However, Celtic were quick to snuff him out whenever he had a chance to play a final ball through.

Allan hardly did anything of note

Allan had previously hinted that he felt hard done by at Parkhead. In an interview with PLZ Soccer, he told of how Brendan Rodgers deceived him regarding his preferred position (PLZ Soccer). But he had his chance to play in the number 10 position yesterday and failed to make an impact.

Allan hasn’t done much to suggest he could’ve cut it here (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Don’t get us wrong – proving Celtic wrong won’t define Allan’s career. It won’t be the be-all and end-all for him. But you’re not telling us that it isn’t in the back of his mind to prove a point.

He’ll likely feel he was good enough for Celtic. Unfortunately for him, he didn’t exactly show that yesterday as he was bullied around the park by Scott Brown.

Allan ultimately flopped in Glasgow (Vagelis Georgariou/ActionPlus/Corbis via Getty Images)

But Allan has generally impressed since returning to Hibs. He’s racked up 18 appearances already this season as he looks to get his career back on track.

So far, he’s doing that quite nicely. But is he proving we missed out at all? Not on account of last night.