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‘Tremendous’, ‘up there with the best’: Pundit in awe of player who Celtic let go for free

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‘Tremendous’, ‘up there with the best’: Pundit in awe of player who Celtic let go for free

A player who endured a difficult stint at Celtic and was let go for free has now been deemed “outstanding” for his current side.

Scott Allan played for the Hoops between 2015 and 2019 but during his time at Parkhead, he made just 17 appearances for a total of 516 minutes of football.

While on Celtic’s books, the 28-year-old was shipped out on loan three times – to Rotherham, Dundee and Hibernian.

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In January 2019, Allan signed a pre-contract agreement with Hibs and, at the end of the season, left Celtic on a free transfer to link up with the Edinburgh side.

Since leaving Parkhead, he has proven himself an excellent midfielder and has caught the eye with plenty of excellent displays, in particular his defence-splitting through-balls.

Former Celtic defender Mark Wilson has not only deemed Allan the best Hibs player this season but has also named him in his Scottish Premiership Team of the Season.

 

“I think he’s been tremendous in that position that Jack Ross has found for him within a 3-5-2,” Wilson wrote in the Scottish Sun when listing his best Hibs player this term.

“Some of his passes this season have been outstanding and I know that’s been highlighted but I think quite rightly so and a lot of the good things Hibs do come through him one way or another.”

In terms of his overall Premiership XI, Wilson added: “(He) has been outstanding in the No10 role this year with a number of key assists and outstanding performances. His eye for a pass is up there with best in Scotland.”

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In football, there have been almost endless cases of a player struggling at one club but then thriving at another, and Allan is certainly in that bracket.

At Celtic, he struggled to make much of an impact, finding himself behind the likes of Scott Brown, Stefan Johansen, Callum McGregor, and Olivier Ntcham to name a few.

It simply wasn’t meant to be for Allan at Celtic, but credit to him, he is now shining at Easter Road.

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