Hibernian's Eddie May: Celtic might even need to call on Scott Allan

By David Walton

February 6, 2019

Hibernian’s temporary manager Eddie May yesterday jovially claimed Celtic may need to put Scott Allan into a squad due to their injuries.

Allan of course agreed a pre-contract agreement with Hibs last month. He’ll move there at the end of the season, and has so far yet to feature in a single second of a game for Celtic this term.

He hasn’t been in a match-day squad since the first leg of Celtic’s Champions League tie against Rosenborg. His time at Parkhead is certainly up.

But May decided to make light the situation ahead of the clash at Parkhead between his side and the Champions.

There’s no scenario where including Allan would happen

There’s now absolutely no reason for Allan to be anywhere near a Celtic squad. This was clearly tongue-in-cheek from May, but it’s clear to see Allan is done here.

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Even when the squad has gotten bare in the past, Brendan Rodgers has been including youth stars like Ewan Henderson in first-team squads over Allan.

Scott Allan has rarely been seen at Parkhead (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Rodgers has just never fancied the midfielder from the moment he came in the Parkhead door. He’s shifted him out on loan deals to Rotherham, Dundee, and Hibernian respectively. And whilst Allan certainly got the most joy out of his Hibs move, it was never going to be enough to shoot him into first-team reckoning at Parkhead.

It’s highly unlikely we ever see Allan again in a Celtic jersey. He hasn’t done anything to deserve any form of grand farewell. It wouldn’t be surprising if he left in as quiet a fashion as possible in the summer.

But May wasn’t wrong about our injury list. Celtic have a host of top stars out that we listed yesterday. It’s looking like if Celtic are going to win the league, they’re going to do it through testing circumstances.

But no matter how many injuries Celtic rack up in the coming weeks, one thing’s for sure – it won’t push Allan any closer to a call-up.