Adam Idah outshines Celtic January alternatives as Sydney van Hooijdonk throws up Norwich City dilemma

Adam Idah has silenced his doubters
Adam Idah has silenced his doubters -Credit:SNS Group

It's fair to say Adam Idah's loan arrival from Norwich City in January left Celtic fans pretty underwhelmed.

The Hoops faithful expected the Parkhead board to push the boat out and bring in a marquee signing up front to lead their title charge. Sydney van Hooijdonk - the son of former Bhoys idol Pierre - was viewed as the popular choice among the fanbase given his scoring pedigree in the Netherlands.

The 24-year-old frontman appeared to fit the bill after netting an impressive 24 goals for mid-table Eredivisie outfit Heerenveen across a season-and-a-half loan stint from Bologna. Reports had suggested that Van Hooijdonk was even holding out on a move to Glasgow - before ironically being farmed out to Norwich City as Idah's replacement on January transfer deadline day.

But how has he fared at Carrow Road? Well, to put it bluntly, not very well. Van Hooijdonk has yet to open his goal account for the Canaries after more than two months in England, while all eight of his appearances have come from the bench. He's been unable to oust American goal machine Josh Sargent and has contributed just one assist in 112 minutes of football.

His poor form is in stark contrast to Irish hitman Idah, who has silenced his critics by producing in the big moments with seven goals and two assists in just 12 outings. Idah's goalscoring spree also appears to have had a positive impact on Kyogo, with the Japanese striker rediscovering his shooting boots for the season run-in.

However, Van Hooijdonk's struggles at Norwich could have a detrimental effect on Celtic's chances of landing Idah on a permanent basis. No future fee has been agreed between both clubs to convert Idah's loan into a full-time deal and his red-hot form in Scotland could see his transfer value soar come the summer.

Under contract until June 2028, Norwich won't let their academy graduate go on the cheap and will likely demand a fee in excess of £6million. That is within Celtic's budget but boss David Wagner may be reluctant to part company with the Republic of Ireland international considering Van Hooijdonk's limited contribution.

Any business could also depend on what division Norwich are playing in next season as they remain in the hunt for playoff promotion to the Premier League while sitting sixth in the second tier.

That could force Celtic to look elsewhere, but it's unlikely Van Hooijdonk will come into their thinking. They could revisit their interest in Aberdeen's Bojan Miovski, who has been a revelation at Pittodrie despite the Dons suffering a car crash season.

The North Macedonian international has been heavily linked with Celtic over the last year but his goals have dried up since mid-February, scoring just once in his last 11 appearances. Still, he's proved himself as one of the top strikers in the Scottish Premiership and has produced moments of magic against both sides of the Old Firm this season.

Southampton are understood to be monitoring the 24-year-old's situation as they weigh up a summer move, and it's likely several other clubs will be keeping tabs.

Celts could also resurrect their long-term interest in Brondby attacker Mathias Kvistgaarden. Football Scotland previously revealed how the Scottish champions returned to the table with a January bid for the highly-rated 21-year-old after seeing a £4m offer thrown out in the summer.

Brondby have always been reluctant to sell their homegrown talent but in a recent interview, the Danish hotshot admitted he was aware of Celtic following him. Kvistgaarden has 17 goal contributions for Brondby this season and again, the Hoops would be required to stump up to land his signature.

As for now, Idah's the man who is delivering the goods for Celtic and a decision will be made in the coming weeks over the 23-year-old's next move. Rodgers has made no secret of his admiration for the powerhouse forward and a permanent switch to Parkhead could well be on the cards - if the price is right.