Rodgers drop major hint that 11-assist player could be offloaded by Celtic
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has dropped a major hint that he could potentially offload midfielder Scott Allan in the summer transfer window.
Allan, 26, is currently on loan at Hibernian after spending the first half of the season at Dundee.
The former Scotland Under-21 international signed for Celtic from Hibs in 2015, but has since been sent out on three different loan spells and has made just 17 appearances in all competitions for the Bhoys.
Rodgers has made it clear that Ryan Christie, who is on loan at Aberdeen, will not be up for sale in the summer, but has now confirmed that Allan’s future at Parkhead is not the same as Christie’s.
The Northern Irish manager also suggested that Allan may still want a future elsewhere.
“I watched the Rangers-Hibs game and he did really well,” he said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
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“Sometimes players are just suited to a club and Scott just looks right at Hibs when I see him play.
“He’s a great boy, I’ve never had an issue with him. He was at a stage in his life where he just wanted to play.
“When I came in here I had a real good summer working with him, but he’s had a few ups and downs and it was really a case of going to play somewhere else and that’s still the case.
“He’s a great boy with a lot of qualities but it’s a different scenario to Ryan’s.”
In all competitions this season, Allan has made 26 appearances, scored one goal and supplied a staggering 11 assists.
Football Insider verdict
Allan’s move to Celtic was always a controversial one. He is a boyhood Rangers fan and it seemed that the Hoops only signed him to stop their bitter Glasgow rivals from snapping him up instead. It’s now best for all parties if the central midfielder is flogged for good at the end of the season. He is clearly a player who can perform well at another Scottish Premiership side so it will be interesting if Hibs want to re-sign him on a permanent basis. Allan is yet to settle down anywhere in his careers with him playing for as many clubs in his career as he has goals. It’s time for him to finally do that with his next move.