Craig Paterson comments on Scott Allan’s situation at Celtic

Scott Allan joined Celtic from Hibernian in the summer transfer window.

Former Hibernian and Rangers defender Craig Paterson has told The Daily Record that Scott Allan’s current situation at Celtic is similar to that of Leigh Griffiths’s at the start of Ronny Deila’s reign.

Allan joined Scottish Premiership giants Celtic from Scottish Championship outfit Hibernian in the summer transfer window.

The 24-year-old midfielder was a huge success at Hibs and was one of the stars of the team that almost got promoted to the top flight of Scottish football at the end of last season.

However, the former West Bromwich Albion prospect has struggled for playing time at Celtic so far this campaign.

Paterson believes that Allan will eventually get his chance under Bhoys manager Ronny Deila and has compared his situation to that striker Griffiths, who had to work his way into the Hoops’ team.

“It’s a bit like Griffiths in the fact that he did not go straight into a Deila team,” the former Hibernian and Rangers defender told The Daily Record.

“He’s had to win the manager over and now Leigh starts every week. If there was ever a problem with Scott’s attitude you would have seen it but there clearly is not and that will be down to maturity.

“The couple of cameo appearances would have whetted the appetite of fans because they can now see this lad has ability. He’s going into the team as a positive force and the fans will be looking to see what he has to offer.”

Celtic are at the top of the Scottish Premiership table at the moment with 39 points from 16 matches, four points clear of second-place Aberdeen with a game in hand.

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