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A lot has to go right- team-mate acknowledges Celtic’s Idah issues

Liam Scales has admitted that a lot of things would have to go right for Adam Idah to return to Celtic on a permanent basis.

Over the course of four months the perception of the striker has been transformed from a nearly man struggling to nail down a role and club to becoming an in-demand internationalist in a rich seem of form.

Between the lines it seems obvious that in an ideal world Idah would return to Celtic on a permanent basis but a number of obstacles are in place- mainly a Norwich contract that runs until 2028.

That puts the Championship club in the driving seat with the appointment of Johannes Hoff Thorup a further complication.

Back in January Idah was surplus to requirements as Sydney van Hooijdonk arrived on loan from Bologna with a Deadline Day loan to Celtic giving the Irishman the chance to get more game time than was available at Carrow Road.

Scales is on international duty with Idah in Portugal, speaking to the Daily Record he said:

100% I want him to stay. Every Celtic fan and everyone at the club would love to have him back. He was outstanding but a lot of things have to go right for that to happen but hopefully it will.

On winning over the doubters who questioned Idah’s January signing, Scales added:

That’s the case with Celtic fans a lot of the time, it doesn’t reflect on Adam at all. They have high standards and I don’t think it bothered Adam.

He’s just that sort of character that if it goes well and he starts like he did, he will be flying. It’s a testament to his character that he was able to do that and go and have the half season he did.

He played a massive part in us winning the league and then scoring the winner in the Cup final and I’m delighted for him.

There has been no suggestion that Celtic have put in a bid for Idah, if a £6m offer with add-ons was put on the table it might force Norwich into a decision.

If that offer was to be turned down there could be a negative reaction from the striker although everything that Idah has said in public has been diplomatic, acknowledging that he is a contracted Norwich player.

Celtic will have other targets and options but with Idah they already know how quickly he adapted to Scottish football and playing at a club where every domestic match is expected to be won.

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