Neil Lennon looks to be preparing Scott Allan for games in his Celtic side at the tail-end of this season after including him in the team for a closed door bounce game against Greenock Morton on Friday afternoon.
The Lennoxtown encounter gave the manager the chance to feature players such as Filip Benkovic and Olivier Ntcham as they try to increase their match fitness ahead of the title run-in.
However, also included was Allan, taking a place in midfield over other potential playing candidates from the Reserves or youth squads.
Lennon is already on the record stating he would love to give the outgoing player some game time before he completes his move to Hibernian at the end of the season.
With his match fitness clearly being worked on, it seems it won’t be long before we are thrown a real team selection curveball one of these days.
Allan hasn’t played for the first-team since before Brendan Rodgers arrived at the club, having spent various spells out on loan or simply nowhere near matchday squads.
The creative midfield has already signed a pre-contract with Hibs so has no long-term future in Glasgow, but does Lennon see him playing a wildcard role as we push for the league title and the Scottish Cup?
With players such as Ryan Christie and Tom Rogic still out of action, is he even a viable choice to play against Rangers this weekend? That may be far-fetched, but don’t be to surprised if he is on a teamsheet sometime soon.