With a few departures expected from Celtic this summer, one makes total sense – Scott Allan to Hibs.
It’s difficult to not feel sorry for the former Dundee United and West Bromwich Albion man. His game-time this season has been non-existent, and it’s been that way ever since he arrived at Parkhead back in 2015.
The arrival of Brendan Rodgers was a fresh start for everyone at Paradise, nobody more so than Allan. Ever since the Northern Irishman’s arrival over two-and-a-half years ago, however, the midfielder has failed to make a single competitive appearance for the club.
Outside of the odd pre-season friendly outing, Allan has had nothing. Loan spells at Rotherham United, Dundee, and Hibs have all came since Rodgers arrived in the door.
At 27-years of age, Allan is closing in on his prime years as a footballer. He fully deserves the chance to showcase his talent elsewhere, and Hibs would be the correct move for him.
Allan has now spent two successful spells at Easter Road, and Neil Lennon is a big fan of him. With Emerson Hyndman away back to Bournemouth as well as Hibs’ lack of attacking invention in the midfield – Allan would do a terrific job there.
Likely to come back and haunt Celtic consistently
Sure, he’s one of those players that’s likely to come back to haunt Celtic. Every time the Hoops played Hibs from there on Allan would likely put on a masterclass.
In all seriousness, however, keeping him around after January is just nonsensical. Allan’s contract runs out in May, therefore anybody can pick him up for nothing at the end of the season.
Allowing Hibs to nab him in January would provide the player with a venue he’s comfortable with. All the while, Celtic could perhaps rake in a small fee for him.
Should the Hoops look to try and sign the likes of Florian Kamberi, Allan would also be a good prospect to use to sweeten any deal.
Regardless, it’s a move that deserves to happen for all parties. Allan deserves the chance to play at a place he’s happy at. It’s the least Celtic owe him, and Hibs are itching to do a deal for the out-of-favour midfielder.
So whilst the likes of Jack Hendry and Marvin Compper could be out the door, Allan simply has to follow them too.