Speaking to the Evening Times, Scott Allan has admitted that he does not expect to start this evening for Celtic, as they face Malmo in the second leg of their Champions League qualifying game with Malmo.
He said: “I don’t expect that I will start. I hope to be in the squad but you have to hand it to the guys who have brought us to the brink of qualifying – they have been outstanding. They deserve to keep their places.”
The winger, 23, moved to Parkhead earlier this month, but did not appear in the first leg tie. He made his debut for the Bhoys at the weekend, playing 22 minutes of the 3-1 victory over Dundee United, as Ronny Deila fielded a weakened side.
Deila will revert back to his strongest team tonight, with the Scottish side eager to progress to the Champions League group stages after missing out last season, and they hold a slight advantage over Malmo after winning the first leg 3-2.
However, the two Malmo goals could prove costly due to their status as away goals, and Deila’s need for victory - and the strongest team possible - will likely see Allan remain on the substitutes bench for the tie.
He is behind the likes of Gary Mackay-Steven, Stuart Armstrong, Stefan Johansen and Kris Commons in Deila’s pecking order, and the tie with Malmo is a game for established stars to perform, rather than unproven players - such as Allan.