Scott Allan to Hibs has finally been confirmed by the Easter Road club, but only at the end of the season.
The Celtic flop has signed a pre-contract agreement to go back to Edinburgh. Hibs, of course, was the club Celtic purchased the former Dundee United man from in the first place.
A deal could still be done this month, but there’s nothing been reported as of yet. Hibs have been long admirers of the Scottish midfielder, however, and will be keen to do a deal to take him to Edinburgh this January.
📝| Hibernian are delighted to announce the pre-contract signing of Scott Allan.
— Hibernian FC (@HibernianFC) January 17, 2019
This deal makes sense for everyone, but the shock nature of the announcement has some out of nowhere. Allan spent a successful loan spell at the Leith side last season.
He made 12 appearances and notched three goals in his short spell there. That’s more goals than he scored for Celtic, however, with the midfielder failing to bag for the Hoops.
He had no future at Parkhead
There was simply no future at Parkhead for Allan anymore, and there hasn’t been for some time. The former and future Hibs midfielder has made 17 outings for Celtic, but has failed to impress in most of them.
Competition this season has only increased too. The likes of Ryan Christie and Eboue Kouassi came into the side ahead of Allan this term. They both join the likes of Olivier Ntcham, Callum McGregor, and Scott Brown in those positions.
The move will likely come as a huge relief for Allan. He’s been stuck in Celtic limbo for a long time, and just hasn’t had the talent to break through.
In the interest of all parties, a fee for Allan should be agreed and the player allowed to depart in January. It’s what everyone wants, and getting Allan off the wage bill and receiving a fee is a plus for Celtic.
Here’s hoping the midfielder can resurrect his career anyway, he certainly deserves a break in the game.