Will this finally be the window Celtic get rid of Scott Allan?

By David Walton

December 15, 2018

After years of decline, is this finally the year that Celtic get rid of Scott Allan?

The former Hibernian midfielder hasn’t been able to cut it at Parkhead for over three years now. His troubles in Glasgow have been well-documented, as he continues to rot away in the reserves.

He’s yet to make a single first-team appearance this season. Added to that, he’s only been on the field a total of 17 times throughout his Celtic career – making just three starts.

Scott Allan hasn’t featured anywhere near as much as he would’ve liked at Celtic (Vagelis Georgariou/ActionPlus/Corbis via Getty Images)

His most productive time at the club has actually been when he’s not been there. Ironically, it was when he went back to Hibs for six months last season. There, Allan was a weekly fixture in the Hibs side, and got 12 appearances and three goals under his belt.

It gave him a taste for football again, and a shot at Celtic’s pre-season schedule last summer. Yet, despite featuring in a couple of friendlies, it became clear that Allan simply wasn’t good enough to keep a place at the club.

His contract is nearly up

Fortunately for all parties, his deal is up in the summer. The four-year contract signed back in August 2015 is close to being complete, and suitors around Scotland are likely to be queuing up for his signature.

Hibernian have consistently spoken of their interest in the Celtic misfit. Allan has a place at Easter Road, and that’s where he’s played the best football of his career.

But if he’s a fit for Hibs, then he’ll be interesting plenty of teams north of the border who know Allan’s talents when fully-fit.

Allan has his best spell of his career at Hibs (Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Celtic, however, must do the right thing and allow him to leave in January. Given the fact that the likes of Scott Brown and Olivier Ntcham are on the bench, Allan isn’t needed for cover. Even the likes of Youssouf Mulumbu can’t even get a look-in at the match-day squad.

Allan, therefore, deserves to be given a chance of a fresh start in the Winter break.

Make no mistake about it, his Celtic career is over. Why not get a small amount of money for him before he goes for nothing?

Given his lack of genuine opportunities at Parkhead, this is the least the club could do.