Scott Allan's Celtic opportunity looks a long way away

By David Walton

April 16, 2019

Neil Lennon said when he first came in as interim boss that he planned to give Scott Allan game-time.

Whether that was a sympathetic vote due to originally signing him for Hibs, or because he genuinely thought he could add something – the comments were made.

Of course, Allan has absolutely no future here anymore. His contract is up at the end of the season, and a deal has already been done to take him back to Easter Road.

Scott Allan has been an extremely rare sight at Parkhead (Vagelis Georgariou/ActionPlus/Corbis via Getty Images)

It’s been a period in his career to forget for Allan. He’s made just 17 appearances and three starts for Celtic. To put it into perspective, Timothy Weah has the same amount of starts too.

But it didn’t look as though time was up just yet for the former Dundee United man. Lennon’s insistence on giving him some minutes appeared to open up one last chance for him to strut his stuff at Parkhead.

But, looking at the current fixtures Celtic have remaining – just where would you really throw Allan in?

He hasn’t played a single minute

He hasn’t played a single minute of action this season for any club. His only appearances have been in the reserve team at various stages.

Between now and the end of the season, Celtic visit Easter Road, Ibrox, and Pittodrie respectively. They also have home matches against Kilmarnock and Hearts. Out of all of those, the Killie home game could’ve been his best bet, but that may end up being the day Celtic win the title, and therefore that changes the complexion of things.

We also have the Scottish Cup final against Hearts on May 25th. Even linking Allan to that fixture is nonsensical, however.

Allan will return to Hibernian in the summer (Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Added to that, look at the players who Allan would overtake. The likes of Ewan Henderson, Olivier Ntcham, and Kerr McInroy surely all deserve to be in there ahead of Allan. All three have futures at the club, something the former and future Hibs man can’t boast.

At first glance, there’s no convenient time to give Allan a game. Lennon hasn’t followed up his thoughts on the matter, and it wouldn’t be surprising if he’s already dropped the idea.

It’s worth remembering that the Northern Irishman is still auditioning for the role full time. He can’t afford many poor displays if he wants the role.

What do you make of the Allan situation? Will Lennon still give him a game, and should he? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.