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  • Allan eager to make a positive impression in pre-season

    Allan eager to make a positive impression in pre-season

    By: Mark Henderson on 14 Jun, 2016 08:29

  • SCOTT Allan is relishing the chance to show he can be part of the Brendan Rodgers revolution at Celtic once pre-season gets underway in Slovenia.

    Last season the 24-year-old found his game-time limited after signing on a four-year contract from Hibernian back in August.

    With fierce competition for places in the midfield department, the vast majority of his 17 appearances came from the bench.

    But the former Scotland Under-21 internationalist is only looking forward and he’s excited at the prospect of working under Celtic’s new manager and making a positive impression during the pre-season tour in Central Europe.

    Speaking exclusively to the official website, he said: “I’m really looking forward to getting back in and showing the manager what I can do and if I do well, then hopefully I  can get a good run at it this year. I have said in a previous interview, that the fans never got to see the real me last season.

    “I was in one week and out a couple of weeks later so you can’t get your rhythm going so hopefully that works out well for me.

    “All I can do is impress him on the training park and take my chances if I get them in the pre-season friendlies.

    “In pre-season games you have to do as well as you can and hopefully I can come back and hit the ground running and can do well to catch the eye and get a chance in one of the competitive games.

    “I have been away on two holidays but I have been in the gym quite a bit and started my running last week, so I will be back in good nick and looking forward to it.

    “Once I have some games under my belt, I can hopefully show the fans the real me.”

    Allan was speaking at the start of Diabetes Week (June 12-18), where Diabetes UK is ‘setting the record straight’ to raise awareness of the condition and let people know the truth about what it’s like to live with it every day. 

    As part of the campaign the Celtic midfielder and children from across Scotland with Type 1 diabetes will feature in a short online film which Diabetes UK hopes will go some way to dispelling the myth that people with diabetes can’t play sport. 

    Allan, who was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of three, also spent time playing football with a group of children with the same condition at Toryglen Regional Football Centre in Glasgow.

    The Celtic midfielder said: “It’s great that Diabetes UK is ‘Setting the Record Straight’ for this year’s Diabetes Week. 

    “Diabetes is very misunderstood and a lot of people believe the myths surrounding the condition. There are some who think that people with Type 1 diabetes can’t play sport but I think I’m an example of how wrong that assumption is. 

    “I’ve lived with Type 1 diabetes since I was three, and I’ve never let it hold me back. I’m pretty sure none of the children at this event are letting the condition stop them from doing what they want to do either!

    For more information about living with diabetes visit www.diabetes.org.uk or contact Diabetes Scotland Helpline on 0141 212 8710 or he[email protected]

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