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EURO BLOW FOR ALLAN

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SCOTT ALLAN has been dumped from Brendan Rodgers’ Europa League plans after the Celtic manager named his squad for the games against RB Leipzig, Salzburg and Rosenborg.

The 26-year-old midfielder, who spent last season on loan at Dundee and Hibs before returning to Parkhead, has been overlooked for the six upcoming ties.

Rodgers has also ignored Marvin Compper, 33, who has played only 83 first team minutes since his £1.3million arrival from RB Leipzig in January.

The one-time German international centre-half has struggled with injuries and his Hoops career never got off the ground. His only appearance in the top side was the 3-0 win over Championship outfit Morton in the Scottish Cup in March.

Callum McGregor replaced him with seven minutes to go and Compper has not been seen in competitive action since.

Allan was hoping to at last make an impact at the club following his impressive five months at Easter Road with former Celtic gaffer Neil Lennon said to be interested in making his move permanent.

His omission from the pool of players will be a blow to the player who will be out of contract in May 2019.

Daniel Arzani, who agreed a two-year temporary transfer from Manchester City last month, has also been left out.

Rodgers, though, has found places for Lewis Morgan, the £300,000 winger from St Mirren, comeback Bhoy Emilio Izaguirre, on-loan Leicester City centre-back Filio Benkovic and ex-West Brom, Norwich and Kilmarnock midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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