Lee Clark has told The Scottish Sun that he always knew Scott Allan was a talented player - but urged the Celtic midfielder to remember that there is more to football than just ability.
Allan, 23, joined Celtic earlier this summer having impressed in the Scottish Championship with Hibernian, where he played a key role under Alan Stubbs.
The midfielder is now vying for a role in the first team at Celtic, just over a year after seeing his Premier League dream end with West Bromwich Albion.
Allan had joined West Brom from Dundee United in January 2012, but was released by the Baggies last summer having failed to even make an appearance for the club.
He has now rebuilt his career, but one of Allan's former managers has admitted that the player needed to realise that football wasn't just about talent alone.
Former Newcastle United, Sunderland and Fulham midfielder Lee Clark took Allan on loan during his time as Birmingham City boss in 2014, and has now told The Scottish Sun that he could tell Allan was a talented player - and has passed on advice, urging him to make the most of his time at Celtic having failed to make an impact with West Brom.
"There is more to football than just ability and talent. With Scott, I thought that there was more to come from him," said Clark. "I saw a very talented footballer but certain things happened in games or training, which meant I had to speak to him. He had skill and was creative but as Birmingham manager I felt he needed to have more of an impact."
"It can’t have been easy for him in England — but he used that in a positive way when he got to Hibs and it’s worked for him. He became one of Scotland’s most talked-about players and he’s got himself a fantastic move to Celtic. Scott will know that he’ll have to raise his game to new levels to secure a place in the Celtic team — but I’m sure he’ll rise to the challenge."
"Now he’s at Celtic, he’s just got to carry on doing what he has been doing at Hibs. He’s going to be under the spotlight because it is not just a huge club but a worldwide institution with unbelievable support. Everything he does, on and off the field, will be scrutinised. But in terms of the playing side, he’s just got to build on what he did at Hibs and look to kick on," he added.
With experienced heads around him such as Craig Gordon, Charlie Mulgrew, Scott Brown and Kris Commons, Celtic will have a number of veteran heads around Allan to make sure that he continues to apply himself, just as he did at Hibernian.