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SCOTT ALLAN’S NIGHTMARE SEASON COULD LEAD TO HIBS RETURN

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SCOTT ALLAN will head back to Celtic in the summer after his disastrous season-long loan at rock-bottom Rotherham.

The talented midfielder agreed a temporary deal with the Championship club in the summer when his former Hibs boss Alan Stubbs was still in charge.

Allan, though, has made only 11 appearances for the crisis club and his last outing was a 1-0 home loss against Barnsley in January.

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The 25-year-old playmaker, who joined the Hoops in a cut-price £300,000 deal in August 2015, didn’t even get a place on the substitutes’ bench in the 5-1 thrashing at Queens Park Rangers.

It was the team’s 12th consecutive away defeat and they are now 24 points adrift of safety – the exact number left to play for – but a goal difference of minus 54 has all but sealed their fate.

If the Millers fail to beat Fulham on April 1 their three-year stay in the division will come to an end.

Caretaker boss Paul Warne, looking back at the mauling from QPR, admitted: “My overriding emotion is of embarrassment.

“I’m clapping our fans at the end and most of them were pretty courteous to me.

“If they were throwing stuff at me I’d understand why.

“You could tell they (the players) just wanted the game to end after 65 minutes.

“In this league, some of our players are being outclassed.”

Allan remained popular with the Celtic support last season although Ronny Deila was always reluctant to give him game-time. After appearing in a few pre-season friendlies Allan was one of a growing number of players that Brendan Rodgers has shipped out on loan.

When he arrived at Celtic, Rodgers stated from day one that he wanted to work with a smaller squad and the very large squad he inherited is far from ideal for the Irishman.

Accordingly players sent out on loan for parts of this season, such as Allan, Commons, Ciftci and Ambrose, have little or no chance of being part of the Celtic plans for the next term.

Allan may well find that the route taken by Commons earlier in the season and Ambrose at the moment – a loan move to Hibs – may well be the way forward as he tries to re-build his career after his disappointments at both Celtic and Rotherham.

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