Former Celtic midfielder Scott Allan has opened up on signing for the club back in 2015, and has claimed that it was never a choice between the Hoops and Rangers.
Allan signed for Celtic from Hibernian back in the summer of 2015, but it didn’t work out for him in the end. Fast forward four years later and he had been sent out on three loan spells having only played 17 times for the Parkhead first team (Transfermarkt).
He’s now flying with Hibernian at Easter Road after being signed by Neil Lennon when he was the manager. He’s effectively under his third manager too in Jack Ross after the sacking of Paul Heckingbottom earlier on this season.
But speaking to Open Goal’s Keeping the Ball on the Ground show, Allan has touched on his reasons for signing for Celtic and why he didn’t get excited with the initial interest from Rangers.
“Listen I’d had the interest before (from Rangers). Nothing is ever there until it’s right in front of you. I’d been through it twice before when I went to West Brom and went to Hibs.
“Broony had phoned me and I had a long phone call with him. It never came down to choosing between the two. Rangers had made a few low bids in installments and I think that;s what angered Hibs to begin with. They obviously didn’t have the money for the transfer fee that Celtic were going to pay.
“Every player has the belief that they can go somewhere and play. I felt I could go there and play (Celtic). That was definitely my mindset and the chance to play in European games which I’d never done.”
Allan will always be a case of “what if”
Allan has always spoken honestly about Celtic, and you don’t sense a tinge of bitterness off of him either. It’s clear he still has plenty of good relationships at the club, and has moved on without a grudge.
Of course, as for his time at Celtic, it couldn’t have been more flat. Signed by Ronny Deila, Allan looked certain to get a chance in that 2015/16 season. With so many underperformers, it seemed bizarre that the former West Brom and Dundee United man could barely get a game.
Things, of course, changed after Brendan Rodgers arrived. Standards increased massively with Allan subsequently going out on three separate loan deals. Given the quality of football Celtic were providing under Rodgers, you can see why Allan was frozen out for so long.
Yet, what’s a tad bizarre is the fact that he has everything that both Deila and Rodgers would want in a player. He’s a flair-player and always looks for a killer pass. Operating in that number 10 position, he has the ability to carve defences open with one through ball. The accuracy in his passing is also impressive, and that makes it even more of a surprise that we didn’t see him more regularly.
Of course, he was up against the likes of Tom Rogic and Ryan Christie for that number 10 role. Both men remain superior players to Allan, but he doesn’t give off the impression that he feels too hard done by.
He continues to go from strength to strength at Hibs regardless. Here’s hoping he continues to enjoy a productive season in Leith.