After a frustrating debut season at Celtic stuck on the substitutes' bench, it appeared that Ronny Deila’s exit and the appointment of Brendan Rodgers would finally hand Scott Allan an opportunity to stake his claim for a place in the starting XI.
“I really like what I’ve seen of him,” Rodgers stated at the start of the season, as reported by the Daily Record.
However, if Allan’s 2015/16 season was a disappointment, it is nothing compared to the nightmare that the current campaign has become. Just a few weeks after playing an important role under Rodgers in Celtic’s pre-season tour of Slovenia, Allan was farmed out on a season-long loan to Championship side Rotherham United.
And if this was supposed to give him an opportunity to prove he deserved a chance at Parkhead, it is fair to say the opposite has occurred.
Through the mill
As early as October, then-Rotherham boss Alan Stubbs axed Allan from his squad, accusing the midfielder of lacking commitment, as reported by the Daily Record. The fact that Stubbs got the best out of the former West Brom youngster at Hibernian was no excuse for his below-par displays.
Since then, Allan has played just three times for the Championship club. In fact, his last appearance came all the way back in January as current boss Paul Warne strived in vain to keep the now-relegated Millers in the second tier.
As reported by The Star, Warne stated that Allan had been left out of the squad for personal reasons and it is uncertain whether he will feature before the end of the season.
Therefore, Allan is facing up to returning to Celtic this summer with his reputation far from enhanced. If Rodgers had second thoughts about giving him a chance before, a disastrous loan spell at a doomed club will hardly have helped his prospects.