Scott Allan

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Scott Allan
Scott Allan BCFC 2013.jpg
With Birmingham City in 2013 pre-season
Personal information
Full name Scott Allan[1]
Date of birth (1991-11-28) 28 November 1991 (age 25)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Rotherham United
(on loan from Celtic)
Number 21
Youth career
2001–2010 Dundee United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2012 Dundee United 8 (0)
2010 Forfar Athletic (loan) 4 (1)
2012–2014 West Bromwich Albion 0 (0)
2012 Portsmouth (loan) 15 (1)
2012 Milton Keynes Dons (loan) 4 (0)
2012–2013 Portsmouth (loan) 9 (1)
2013–2014 Birmingham City (loan) 5 (0)
2014–2015 Hibernian 33 (2)
2015– Celtic 12 (0)
2016– Rotherham United (loan) 1 (0)
National team
2007–2008 Scotland U17 4 (0)
2011–2012 Scotland U21 10 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:49, 21 February 2016 (UTC).


Scott Allan (born 28 November 1991) is a Scottish professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Rotherham United, on loan from Celtic.

Allan began his career in Scotland with Dundee United, and spent time on loan with Forfar Athletic, before joining English Premier League club West Bromwich Albion in 2012. He never broke into the first team, and after loan spells with Portsmouth (twice), Milton Keynes Dons and Birmingham City, he was released at the end of the 2013–14 season. Allan then returned to Scottish football with Hibernian. After one season with Hibs, Allan joined Celtic.[2]

He is also a Scotland youth international, having represented his country at under-17 and under-21 level.

Early life[edit]

Allan was born in Glasgow, and was a pupil at Rosshall Academy in Crookston until 2008.[3] He grew up as a Rangers supporter and said his idol was Paul Gascoigne.[4]

Club career[edit]

Dundee United[edit]

Allan joined Dundee United at the age of 10, and signed a full-time contract in January 2008.[3] In September 2008 he represented United against Montrose in a Forfarshire Cup tie.[5]

Allan signed for Forfar in September 2010 on an emergency loan until 30 October 2010.[3] He made his debut for them in a Second Division league fixture against Alloa Athletic on 2 September 2010.[6] In total he made four league appearances for Forfar, scoring one goal for them, in his last game for the club on 30 October 2010 against Livingston.[7]

After returning to United, Allan was named on the bench for four Scottish Premier League (SPL) fixtures during the 2010–11 season but did not make an appearance.[8] He made his debut for United on 14 July 2011, as a substitute in their 1–0, Europa League, defeat against Śląsk Wrocław.[9] He made his SPL debut at Tynecastle Stadium in an away victory for Dundee United on 31 July 2011, playing 83 minutes.[10] Contract negotiations between Allan, whose deal expired at the end of the 2011–12 season, and United broke down in September 2011. It was reported that he was asking for £1,600 per week, which would have made him the third highest earner at the club.[11] Several clubs, including Rangers, Celtic and Newcastle United, expressed an interest in signing Allan.[12] As a result of rejecting a new contract, Allan fell out with Manager Peter Houston.[13]

West Bromwich Albion[edit]

In December 2011, United agreed a deal with West Bromwich Albion.[14] Allan completed his move to Albion on 9 January 2012.[15]

Loan spells[edit]

In February 2012, he joined Championship side Portsmouth on a 28-day youth loan.[16] His debut in English football came on 25 February for Portsmouth, when he featured in the starting line-up playing 76 minutes in scoreless draw at home to Leeds United.[17] He then extended his deal by another 28 days on Thursday 22 March 2012.[18] He scored his first goal for Portsmouth and set up a goal for Greg Halford in a 2–1 win against Crystal Palace on 17 April 2012.[19]

After his loan at Portsmouth, Allan was linked with a loan move with Crystal Palace.[20] However, the move fell though.[21]

On 29 September 2012, Allan joined League One side MK Dons on a one-month loan deal.[22] He made his debut against Crewe Alexandra in a 1–0 victory.[23]

On 29 October 2012, after little success with MK Dons, Albion sent Allan back to Portsmouth.[24] Shortly signing for Portsmouth, Allan made his debut in a 1–0 loss against Sheffield United, playing 90 minutes. Weeks later, Allan scored on his return in a 3–2 loss against Leyton Orient.[25] After the game, the club revealed they are on the verge of extending Allan's loan spell[26] and it was successfully negotiated for another month[27] On 21 December 2012, his loan spell was extended until 4 January 2013[28] He returned to Albion when his loan expired, having played his last game in a 2–0 loss against Walsall.[29]

Allan signed for Birmingham City on a season-long loan on 19 July 2013.[30] He made his debut as a second-half substitute in a 1–0 defeat at home to Watford on 3 August, and scored twice as Birmingham beat Plymouth Argyle 3–2 after extra time in the League Cup three days later.[8] He made no first-team appearances after August[31] until receiving a surprise recall to the squad, playing in two of the last three League matches of the season.[8][32]

West Bromwich Albion chose not to take up the option of extending Allan's contract for another year, and he was released at the end of the 2013–14 season.[33]

Hibernian[edit]

Despite being linked to a move to Rangers, Allan signed a two-year contract with Hibernian in July 2014.[34] Allan made his debut for Hibs on 5 August 2014, coming on as a substitute during extra-time in a 2–1 defeat against Rangers in the Scottish Challenge Cup.[35][36] He made his first league appearance for Hibs on 17 August, coming on as a late substitute against Hearts.[35][37] Allan soon established himself as a regular in the team, and after scoring his first goal for the club in a 6–3 win over Dumbarton in November, manager Alan Stubbs described him as being "as good as anyone in the league", adding that he considered Allan to be "head and shoulders above a lot of people he's up against."[38] He turned in an outstanding performance for Hibs in their 4–0 win over Rangers on 27 December 2014, where he provided assists for Hibs' third and fourth goals and won the Man of the Match award.[39][40] Allan helped Hibernian finish in second place ahead of Rangers, although Hibernian lost to them in the promotion play-offs. He did finish the season by being named the Scottish Championship PFA Player of the Year.[41]

During the summer of 2015, Rangers made three transfer bids for Allan, the latter offer being for around £280,000. Although Allan also submitted a transfer request, Hibernian turned down all these bids as they were not keen on selling the midfielder to their main promotion rivals.[42][43] A bid of £375,000 from Rotherham United was also turned down by Hibs.[44] On 13 August, Celtic were reported as expressing an interest in signing Allan.[45]

Celtic[edit]

2015–16[edit]

On 14 August 2015, after one season with Hibs, Allan signed a four-year deal with Scottish Premiership champions Celtic.[2] He made his debut on 22 August, coming on as a substitute during the second half of Celtic's 3–1 league win away at Dundee United.[46] Allan made his Celtic Park debut, with 10 minutes remaining, in a 3–1 defeat of St Johnstone a week later.[47] He made his first start on 10 December, playing 73 minutes in a 1–1 draw at Fenerbahçe in the UEFA Europa League.[48] Allan did not make his first league start for Celtic until 26 February, in a 1–1 draw at Hamilton.[49] His only other start for the team was a defeat at St Johnstone on 11 May.[50]

Despite being mainly used as substitute throughout his first season, Allan managed to register assists in wins at Inverness on 29 November[51] and Stranraer on 11 January,[52] and also made three more assists at home to Hamilton on 19 January[53] and Inverness on 20 Ferburay.[54] Allan made 17 appearances in all competitions for Celtic during the 2015–16 season.[55] His 13 appearances in the league was enough to qualify him for a winner's medal,[56] after Celtic won the Scottish Premiership title.[57]

2016–17: Rotherham loan[edit]

Allan was loaned to EFL Championship team Rotherham United for the 2016–17 season.[58]

International career[edit]

Allan has played youth football for Scotland.[59] He made his debut for the Scotland national under-21 football team on 10 August 2011, against Norway.[60]

Personal life[edit]

Shortly after joining Dundee United as a youth, Allan was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. He requires daily insulin injections, but the condition has not unduly hindered his football career.[61]

Allan was charged with assault in November 2010 after an incident in Glasgow which left two men needing hospital treatment. Charges against him were dropped on the basis of insufficient evidence, although three other men involved in the incident were convicted.[62]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 23 January 2016[8]
Club Season League Cup Lg Cup Other[nb 1] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Dundee United 2010–11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011–12 8 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 9 0
Total 8 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 9 0
Forfar Athletic (loan) 2010–11 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
West Bromwich Albion 2011–12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012–13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013–14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Portsmouth (loan) 2011–12 15 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 1
2012–13 9 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 10 1
Total 24 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 25 2
MK Dons (loan) 2012–13 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Birmingham City (loan) 2013–14 5 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 7 2
Hibernian 2014–15 32 2 4 0 3 0 3 0 42 2
2015–16 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 3 1
Total 33 2 4 0 4 0 4 1 45 3
Celtic 2015–16 9 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 13 0
Total 9 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 13 0
Career Total 85 5 7 0 6 2 7 0 105 7
  1. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the UEFA Europa League, Scottish Challenge Cup and league playoffs.

Honours[edit]

Individual[edit]

  • Scottish Championship PFA Player of the Year: 2015[41]

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