By Richard Parks
Davie Provan has expressed his conviction that Scott Allan can still fulfil his immense potential despite sealing yet another loan move from Celtic this week.
Allan, 26, joined Hibernian on loan for the rest of the season on deadline day just 24 hours after returning from a half-season loan at Dundee.
The boyhood Rangers fan joined Celtic in the summer of 2015 after his first spell at Hibs but has made just 17 senior appearances for the Glasgow giants, with much of his time spent out on loan.
Writing in his weekly Scottish Sun column, Sky Sports pundit and former Hoops winger Provan said: “Is it really six years since Roy Hodgson took Scott Allan into England’s top flight with West Brom?
“Back then, the midfielder looked a stick on for success with club and country. Now, still without a full Scotland cap, Allan signed his eighth loan deal this week with Hibs.
“Now surplus to requirements at Celtic, the 26- year-old has been offered another stage at Hibs. Hopefully Neil Lennon will make this boy the player he should be.”
Allan graduated from the Dundee United academy before joining West Brom aged 20 amid expectations that he would be a major force for club and country.
His best spell came at Hibs, where he contributed an impressive 18 assists from 41 matches, after he failed to make a single appearances for the Baggies first team.
It has been a fairly similar story for the player at Celtic, but he showed at Dundee this season, with nine assists from 23 games, that he can still influence top-flight games.
In other Celtic news, it can be revealed that a key first teamer has sensationally asked to leave after the board failed to stick to their promise of giving him a new deal during the transfer window.
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By Richard Parks