Adam Idah has proven himself as a genuine talent, and it’s now imperative to secure his permanent signature.

Adam Idah’s loan move on deadline day sparked much discussion, with some fans expressing anger over the suggestion that he could address the team’s lack of firepower in the first half of the season. However, the Irish player has exceeded expectations as a backup to Kyogo Furuhashi in recent months, notably scoring a crucial goal against Rangers last Sunday, marking a significant achievement for the Cork native.

In contrast, Celtic’s recent striking alternatives, Giorgos Giakoumakis and Oh Hyeon-gyu, both failed to score against Rangers, though Oh Hyeon-gyu may have an opportunity to change that in the future. It’s worth noting that apart from Kyogo, Idah is the first Celtic striker to score against Rangers since Odsonne Edouard in May 2021.

Idah’s performance on Sunday showcased his ability to make an impact in important matches, thanks to his strong hold-up play, clinical finishing, and knack for making runs behind the defense. While assessing him solely based on Sunday’s game would be shortsighted, his tally of 6 goals and 2 assists since joining Celtic demonstrates his significant value to the team.

However, there’s a drawback: there’s no option for Celtic to buy Idah in his loan deal, meaning they may have to negotiate a premium if they wish to make the move permanent in the summer, given his recent standout performances. Norwich City, his parent club, previously valued him at around £3 million before his loan to Celtic, which could potentially be considered a bargain for a 23-year-old international striker with a proven track record in the Scottish Premiership.

With Brendan Rodgers aiming to elevate Celtic’s performance in European competitions, Idah’s continued development could prove pivotal. His goal-scoring display on Sunday hints at his potential contribution in next season’s Champions League, suggesting that he could be a significant asset in Celtic’s quest for success on the continental stage.

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