Scott Allan is primed to show best form for the Hoops
Celtic midfielder Scott Allan has spread his first 90 minutes for the club over five matches, but he now feels ready to start for the first time.
The 24-year-old has come off the bench in the last three games after a knee injury hindered him following his deadline-day move from Hibernian.
And, with the likes of Scott Brown and Charlie Mulgrew injured, Allan aims to stamp his authority on the team, starting with the Scottish Premiership visit of Hamilton tomorrow.
Allan said: "I got a setback with a six-week injury, but I have come back and worked hard on the training pitch. We have a few injuries so there are a few spaces available so given the chance I just need to try to make it my own.
"I'm feeling good fitness-wise considering I haven't played much. The intensity in training gives you a good fitness level.
"I think now I'm ready, if the gaffer wants to give me the chance."
The former Dundee United and West Brom player discovered the fine margins of life at the top level against Ajax last Thursday.
He could have been the hero when his sublime turn and through ball put Leigh Griffiths through, but the striker failed to convert and, 10 minutes later, Allan lost the ball on the edge of the Ajax box after collecting a short corner, and watched as the Dutch side broke clear to score the winner.
"Getting caught on the edge of the box wasn't ideal, but you need to bounce back from things like that," he said. "It was a learning curve for me and I won't make that mistake again."