Scott Allan lifts league trophy as ex Celtic and Hibs midfielder scores in final day clincher after game time struggles

Former Hibs and Celtic midfielder Scott Allan
Former Hibs and Celtic midfielder Scott Allan -Credit:SNS Group

Scott Allan helped Larne to their second successive Irish league title at the weekend, scoring in the final day clincher against Coleraine.

The ex-Hibs and Celtic midfielder joined the Country Antrim side on loan from Arbroath in August, heading across for an Irish adventure after struggling for game time at the Red Lichties. And he has ended the campaign with a league winners' medal after Saturday's 5-0 victory saw them over the line.

Allan has made just eight appearances all season though, six in the league as he has hasn't made the matchday squad at times and not made it off the bench at others. Before Saturday he had made three assists, two in a League Cup tie and one in the Irish Premiership.

Returning to action for his first appearance since November on Saturday, he was handed the final ten minutes as a sub. And that was plenty of time for him to get on the scoresheet, forcing an indirect free-kick from inside the box over the line.

Larne went into the game against Coleraine know they had all but secured the title three points ahead of Linfield with a far superior goal difference.

But they still had to get the job done to avoid a final day miracle and they did that in style with no reply to their five strikes.

The former Easter Road hero's future will now be unclear after his loan ends. He has suffered from a heart condition and diabetes throughout much of his career and it's possible those health issues have played a part in his lack of game time in Northern Ireland.