Hibernian's Scott Allan has injury worries ahead of Celtic match

By David Walton

October 29, 2019

Scott Allan’s injury problems continue to concern him ahead of Saturday’s trip to Hampden to face Celtic.

Allan is a major doubt to face Livingston tomorrow night after coming off against Ross County at the weekend (Edinburgh Evening News). Allan came off against County with an ankle knock, and actually limped off the pitch as he was clearly struggling.

This leaves him as a big doubt for Saturday’s Betfred Cup semi-final. There’s no denying that Allan is by far Hibernian’s biggest threat to our chances at the weekend too.

Scott Allan could pose a huge threat to us on Saturday (Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

He scored a fine goal against County before coming off after playing a key role in Hibs’ dominance in the match. A fine reverse finish showed the confidence he was playing with. It also comes just several weeks after he punished Celtic with a fine assist for Hibs’ goal against us at Easter Road.

There is no denying that he’s proving to be a danger this season as he rebuilds his career. Allan has, so far, racked up five goals and three assists in 16 appearances. He’s rebuilding his reputation well, and will be looking forward to adding to his current stats.

Hibs in trouble if Allan misses out

We know we can’t get complacent. After all, the likes of Daryl Horgan, Florian Kamberi, and Stevie Mallan have all hurt us in the past. They’ve been part of winning sides against Celtic in previous seasons – there’s no getting away from that.

Allan still has a point to prove to Celtic (Vagelis Georgariou/ActionPlus/Corbis via Getty Images)

But Hibs could seriously struggle without Allan in there. The replacement would likely be Mallan himself, who could just push forward and play in that number 10 position. His final ball, however, is nowhere near the standard of the former Celtic man’s.

Allan will, if fit and selected, be out to seriously prove a point to the Parkhead beaks. He’ll feel he still had something to offer in Glasgow, and he certainly has his positive attributes.

Coincidentally, the man who scored against us at Easter Road last month, Christian Doidge (or a Kris Ajer OG if you see it that way), is also a big doubt after missing the draw with Ross County at the weekend.

Paul Heckingbottom is under huge pressure these days (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

But if he was to miss the game, Kamberi would simply slot in there and arguably pose a bigger threat. The same can’t be said for whoever Paul Heckingbottom chooses to replace Allan.

For now, we’ll continue to keep an eye on it. Allan’s fitness, however, is crucial to Hibs’ chances on Saturday.