Scott Allan's display against Rangers should leave Celtic frustrated

Celtic Manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates at full time during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between St Johnstone and Celtic at McDiarmid Park at  on February 5, 2017 in Perth,...

Celtic had high hopes for Scott Allan but moments of magic have been fleeting at best.

Scott Allan of Celtic during the International Champions Cup series match between Barcelona and Celtic at Aviva Stadium on July 30, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland.

Scott Allen is 25 years of age but we are still waiting to see whether one of the most gifted Scottish players of his generation will ever begin living up to his potential.

After starring at Hibernian, Allan got his big break with Celtic in 2015. Though it’s fair to say the Glasgow-born midfielder did not exactly seize his opportunity with both hands.

Allan made only 13 Scottish Premiership appearances as The Bhoys lifted the title in his debut year at Parkhead. But, after failing to nail down a place in the team, found himself farmed out to Rotherham United the next season.

Scott Allan of Dundee in action during the pre season friendly between Brechin City and Dundee at Glebe Park on July 11, 2017 in Brechin, Scotland.

A reunion with his former Hibs boss Alan Stubbs was supposed to revive Allan’s career. Instead, Stubbs dropped him from the side in October, publically criticising his lack of effort as reported by the Daily Record. Allan played only three more times for a side who finished 19 points adrift at the bottom of the Championship.

Though Allan, in his latest loan spell at Dundee, has offered a timely reminder of the qualities that once had Celtic doing everything in their power to lure him to the green half of Glasgow.

The inconsistent Allan has been in and out of Neill McCann’s side and only came off the bench with 11 minutes remaining against Celtic’s Old Firm rivals Rangers on Friday night.

Scott Allan of Dundee in action during the pre season friendly between Brechin City and Dundee at Glebe Park on July 11, 2017 in Brechin, Scotland.

A glorious pass set up Mark O’Hara’s 80th minute winner against Graeme Murty’s visitors. But while Allan will have no doubt increased his popularity among Celtic fans, such a moment of fleeting class only adds to the frustration.

Allan’s quality is not in question but his attitude has been frequently discussed for all the wrong reasons. But, as he showed against Rangers, there’s no reason he can’t still make a success of his career with a little bit of application.

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