FORMER Celtic midfielder Scott Allan has ended his three-month search for a club after being released by Hibs.

The skilful playmaker, 30, has signed a two-year deal with Arbroath who just missed promotion to the Premiership at the end of last season when they lost the two-legged play-off with St Johnstone.

Allan, who was signed by Ronny Deila for a bargain £300,000 in August 2015, spent three years at Parkhead before leaving at the end of his contract.

He had loan spells at Rotherham, Dundee and Easter Road, before he agreed a third stint at the Leith outfit.

FINAL APPEARANCE…Scott Allan, in one his last outings for Hibs, puts pressure on Celtic right-back Anthony Ralston in the Hoops’ 2-1 Premier Sports League Cup triumph at Hampden six days before Christmas.

Allan made only 17 appearances for the Hoops, including just three starts, before being allowed to move on by Brendan Rodgers.

During his last two years in Edinburgh, the ex-Dundee United prospect was limited to only 24 outings, due to fitness issues, including a heart condition and diabetes.

Defiant Allan said: “My target is to be as successful as possible for me and with the team.

“It might take me a couple of weeks to get up to speed because it has been a long summer for me.

“I’ve not had a great pre-season in terms of with a club, so for me it is about getting as fit as quickly as I can and getting on the pitch to show what I can do.

“It is mainly as getting as fit as I can and I am not going to get that unless I am match fit, which is the most important thing.

SEEING DOUBLE…Scott Allan (top) squares up to Scott Brown during his days as a Dundee United player and (below) races away from the Celtic skipper in Hibs’ 1-1 draw with his former Parkhead side at Easter Road in September 2019.

“I can’t wait to get back on the grass and back on the ball again.

“I am really looking forward to it.”

Allan, speaking to the Scottish Sun, added: “I am delighted to be back working with the gaffer, Dick Campbell. I worked with him at the start of my career.

“At this stage, where I want to get back enjoying my football, he is the man I want to be working with.

“A big factor was the gaffer and staying at home and close to my family was one of the main factors.

“So, those two factors and I also know quite a few of the boys in the changing room who are good lads and I am really looking forward to playing with them.”

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