Former Celtic midfielder completes surprise move to Arbroath

Former Celtic midfielder Scott Allan has signed for part-time Championship club Arbroath. The Gayfield outfit finished second last season and narrowly missed out on promotion through the play-offs. However, after signing Scott Allan from Hibernian, they’ll go for it again.

The 30-year-old signs on a two-year deal but as The Lichties state in the announcement post, there was competition for the midfielder’s signature. Allan

Ronny Deila signed Allan from Hibs in 2015 but only made 17 appearances for Celtic in his time at the club. He struggled for game time with loan spells to Rotherham, Dundee and Hibs making up the time he spent in Glasgow. However, in the summer of 2018, Allan was expected to return to Hibs as part of the John McGinn deal – which never transpired. As a result, Brendan Rodgers called upon Ryan Christie to battle with Tom Rogic in the ‘No 10 role’ and Allan was forced to watch from afar. In January 2019, Allan signed a pre-contract to return to Easter Road where he would reunite with Neil Lennon. Unfortunately for Allan, Lennon would leave his role and later be announced as Celtic manager for a second time.

Allan would struggle under Paul Heckingbottom and then Jack Ross, especially due to a Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy diagnosis in the early part of the 2020/21 season which resulted in a five-month absence. Hopefully, Allan can utilise the move to Arbroath to get himself back to full fitness and find his best form.

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Born just as Celtic were stopping the Ten, Lubo98 follows Celtic home and away and helps run his local Celtic Supporters Club. He goes to all the games and is a Law Graduate. Has a particular fondness for Tom Rogic among the current Celts and both Lubo and Henrik form his earliest Celtic memories.


  1. The demise of Scott Allen is 100% down to terrible mismanagement by Celtic.
    We bought him for the sole purpose of stopping the new club across the city from getting him. We had zero intention of giving him areal opportunity to succeed with us.
    When we had let his contract get close, we threw him away like a dirty oily rag.
    It was shameful.

  2. Yes, I often felt that he was worth more of a chance with Celtic because I am sure he has talent. Hope he does well with Dick Campbell and the red Lichties.