Neil Lennon is optimistic of giving Scott Allan some game time before the end of the season.

The midfielder has not made a competitive appearance for Celtic this season and will head to Hibs after signing a pre-contract agreement with the Leith side in January.

Ironically, it was Neil Lennon who oversaw that deal when he was Hibs manager and he believes that Allan still has something to offer Celtic.

Allan has made just three starts for Celtic and has made just 16 appearances in total for the Parkhead side since signing in 2015, but he could be set to feature for Celtic for the first time this term if the Parkhead side clinch the league early.

“I would like to give him some game time between now and the end of the season but just at the minute he is short of game time and I can’t risk him at the minute,” said Lennon.

“There could be a chance of him breaking down. He has played a few development games but I would like to give him a little run if we can get over the line as quickly as possible but there are no guarantees with that.

“If the opportunity comes along then I’d love to. He is training well and having a go at it and it is a difficult position he finds himself in. I would like to give him some game time and a few others as well.”

Meanwhile, Celtic head to Dens Park on Sunday afternoon with Lennon optimistic that Callum McGregor will feature against Dundee.

The midfielder, a perennial feature for Celtic this season, took a knock last month in the second leg of the club’s Europa League tie against Valencia and has been out of action since.

He is set to return although there are question marks over Dedryck Boyata and Nir Bitton who have both picked up knocks.

“Callum has been training, so he’ll come back into contention for the game on Sunday,” said Lennon. “There are a couple of doubts over Boyata and Bitton, but we’re hoping they’ll be ok.

“The rest is pretty much as you were.”