"Very alarming"; Celtic boss Lennon backs Scott Allan after heart condition comments

By David Walton

February 21, 2021

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has backed Scott Allan after he revealed a worrying heart condition that’s been halting his footballing career.

The midfielder had been left on the sidelines for months due to what had appeared to be an unknown condition. However, former Celtic man Allan spoke over the weekend and revealed that a heart condition called cardiomyopathy. The disease causes the walls of the heart to become too thick. This then restricts the blood flow around the body.

Allan stated yesterday that he’s pleased to get to the bottom of what his condition is and how he can manage it [Sky Sports]. This comes after making a return to football in a Betfred Cup clash with St Johnstone several weeks ago. After four months on the sidelines, the Hibs man now has three outings to his name in recent weeks.

But it’ll be a gradual process as he continues to build up cameo roles. And it’s also a talking point that means a lot to Celtic boss Lennon, who signed Allan for Hibs back in 2018 on loan before providing him with a pre-contract a year later.

“Very alarming”

As quoted by the Glasgow Times, Lennon said: “I was aware of that a few months ago. It’s obviously something that’s very alarming. He’s a great kid and a great player. His health comes first and I hope he comes through this, he’s managed and looked after the right way by medical people wherever he plays.

“But it’s very shocking and of great concern to me personally because I worked with him and I know what a good lad he is. It’s very, very tough. I had him for four or five months at Hibs and he was fantastic. He was a brilliant player for me and I really enjoyed working with him.

“He loves his football, he’s another player who has a great appetite for the game and is easy to manage. I’m in contact with him now and again, I’m very close to him and you want him to be healthy and well going forward.”

Neil Lennon rated Scott Allan highly; safety now the main priority

You couldn’t help but be concerned when reading Allan’s comments over the weekend. It was gut-wrenching to see the pain he was under and how severe a condition he’s found himself having.

It explains so much regarding Allan’s absence from the Hibs first-team over the course of the season. It’s clear to see that he hasn’t been out just for any injury. What he has must be treated with the most extensive of care, and that’s something Hibs have clearly provided him with.

He’ll undoubtedly continue to be managed in the right manner. However, it’s also just great to see him back on a football pitch again. Some cameo roles will feel like the world to him at the moment until he can build up his fitness again.

Hibernian midfielder Scott Allan / (Photo by Callum Landells/Getty Images)

Having a greater understanding of the condition will hopefully now pay dividends for him. He’ll now understand the symptoms and when he can’t go any longer. As much as he’ll be willing to push himself, Scott will know his health is the main priority.

Allan was signed for Celtic by Ronny Deila back in 2014, but never managed to break into the first-team. The Hibs man accumulated only 17 appearances in a four-and-a-half-year spell in Glasgow [Transfermarkt].

We at 67HailHail would like to express our best wishes to Scott and hope that he can get back playing regularly in the near futrue.

In other news, Neil Lennon launched a stinging attack on the press for their conduct regarding Celtic this term.