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Injured On Loan Midfielder Back At Celtic For Rehab: Time For Rodgers To Let Him Go?

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Diptanil Roy
Diptanil used to be a columnist of The 4th Official. Knows German and not afraid to use it on you.

25-year old central midfielder Scott Allan went under the knife last week and is now expected to be sidelined for at least the rest of the month. The on-loan Dundee United midfielder from Celtic is expected to recover from his groin injury by the end of the first week of November.

The Scottish player, who was loaned out to Dundee United at the beginning of the season, for a full-term, is now expected to come back to the club where he will continue his rehab until he is fit again to return to Dundee.

Nothing has been finalized yet with discussions between the Dark Blues and the Hoops yet to take place regarding the player’s immediate future. Despite being a Dundee United player for the rest of the season, since Celtic are his permanent owners, it is down to them to decide where and how the player will undergo the recovery process.

Boss Neil McCann said: “Because he’s a loan player we, quite rightly, have to be guided by Celtic and their medical staff. It’s early days and we’re just waiting.”

Allan, who began his Scotland career with Dundee United, has been around the mill and had his fair share of experience at different clubs. After failing to agree to a new contract at the club in 2011 because of wage discrepancies, Allan had a fall out with the then manager Peter Houston.

A number of clubs were interested in signing the Scot but in January 2012, Allan completed his switch to English side West Bromwich Albion. During his spell at West Brom, Allan was loaned out on four occasions; twice to Portsmouth, and once each to Birmingham City and MK Dons.

At the end of the 2013-14 season, West Brom opted not to extend the player’s contract and Allan ended up joining Hibernian in July 2014. He went on to have the best season of his career and was later named the Scottish Championship PFA Player of the Year. His good form attracted interest from Rangers but all three bids were turned down.

Finally, in August 2015 Allan completed a move to Celtic signing a four year deal with the Scottish Champions. Although he won a winner’s medal for Celtic after the 2015-16 season, Allan never played a big part in the team and was subsequently loaned out to Rotherham United for the 2016-17 season.

This season has again seen his loaned out to his boyhood club Dundee United. Allan’s career has never been stable with his parent club and in three years at Celtic, he has just made 13 appearances. Such numbers are not impressive for a 25-year old who is supposed to peaking in the coming years. His future with the Hoops looks bleak and it is hard to see Celtic not accept an offer coming in for Allan, should it be decent enough.

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