Most Celtic fans were left disappointed when Celtic signed Adam Idah on loan from Norwich City. The Hoops were expected to bring in a striker in the winter transfer window from the very beginning, with both Kyogo and Oh Hyeon-gyu struggling to deliver goals consistently in Brendan Rodgers' system. But not many would have foreseen that forward being the Republic of Ireland international, with a less than impressive scoring rate so far in his career.
Of course, it is important to give Idah a chance. Football is all about being at the right club at the right time. He did impress after coming off the bench against Aberdeen and even provided an assist.
The mood around Parkhead would have been so much better though if they had signed Sydney van Hooijdonk instead. Ironically, the Dutchman did change clubs in January, joining Norwich City on loan from Bologna.
Van Hooijdonk had a better track record, having scored 19 goals across all competitions on loan at Heerenveen last season. He also has a pre-existing connection with Celtic. His father, Pierre, played for the club in the 1990s and even had a 32-goal season.
Sky Sports man shares why Celtic didn't sign Van Hooijdonk
"The circumstances of that were a bit funny in terms of how Sydney van Hooijdonk, who has been quoted in Italy, said that they were waiting for Celtic to come in. They [Bologna] delayed approaches from other clubs, when Bologna were getting approaches from other clubs.
“But Celtic made no contact. My understanding is Celtic didn’t come in with any approach for Sydney van Hooijdonk in the January window.
“Celtic will have their reasons for not going in for him. The interest might just have cooled later on. I don’t know that for sure but that seems to be the case."
What is done is done. There is not much point dwelling on it. The transfer window is closed. We can only wish Van Hooijdonk the best of luck of at Norwich City.
On the other hand, we do need to back Idah. He showed promise in his performance against Aberdeen. Hopefully, he can deliver goals consistently in the Hoops until the end of the season because the club do need a consistent goalscorer more than anything else right now, as they struggle to break down defences week after week.