'I was just so happy'; Scott Allan describes how he felt after leaving Celtic

By John McGinley

April 1, 2020

Former Celtic attacking midfielder Scott Allan was delighted to get back to playing after leaving the Hoops last summer, he’s said in an interview with The Daily Record.

Allan made 17 appearances for the club after signing in 2015 but all of them came during Ronny Deila’s spell as manager.

Brendan Rodgers did not see a place for him in his first-team squad and after a number of loans he decided to sign a pre-contract with Hibs last January, leaving shortly after Neil Lennon arrived at the club.

It wasn’t the best period of his career and after making the move, Allan was absolutely delighted to find a regular game at Easter Road.

As quoted by The Daily Record, he said: “I don’t know if I’d say it has been my best season but my stats would suggest it has been in terms of fitness.

“When I made the move to Hibs from Celtic I was just so happy to be back playing but I have been fit for every single game this season.

“And I have been pleased I have added a few goals to my game too.

“But it adds to the frustration. We were doing well in the league, we had a big Scottish Cup semi-final against Hearts to look forward to. You can’t put into words what it’s like to have all that taken away.”

Outside of the top two teams in the Scottish Premiership Allan was one of the stand-out performers in the league before the suspension of action, so it’s understandable he’d be more frustrated than most to see it all halted.

He’d scored ten and assisted 11 more in all competitions for the Edinburgh club.

Scott Allan in action for Celtic / (photo by Peter Fitzpatrick/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Although he didn’t make much of an impact at Celtic Park, it’s pleasing to see him reignite his career elsewhere.

He’s a talent that deserves to be playing every week for a permanent club, rather than on the sidelines or shuttled from loan to loan.

Ultimately he was worth a punt at Celtic Park, especially with rival clubs interested in signing him too.

Hopefully he continues to enjoy his football when the league returns.