Celtic hero wants Kyogo and Idah together as he raises burning question about Japan hero's true value

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Chris Sutton insists Celtic must keep hold of Kyogo Furuhashi – and push the boat out to land Adam Idah.

The Hoops legend is adamant his old club need to resist any temptation to cash in on the Japan star amid talk of an £8million bid from Urawa Red Diamonds in his homeland. But the Record Sport columnist believes Kyogo is vital to Celtic’s Champions League hopes. And he reckons Idah should be coming in to help the hitman rather than replace him. Sutton said: “Celtic should be looking to keep their big players for the Champions League – not selling them.

“There has been talk about bids coming on from Japan but the figures mentioned for Kyogo wouldn’t even scratch the surface. Kyogo will turn 30 in January and there might be a temptation to let him go if they can get £8m or more. But how much would it cost to replace him? A heck of a lot more. Kyogo has been a superb signing for Celtic and even though some would say he didn’t quite hit the same heights last season as he did in his first two, he still managed 20 goals.

“It’s also so much more than that. Kyogo is a big-time player, he produces the goods when it matters, in huge derby games, cup finals and in Europe. There’s no way Celtic should even be thinking about cashing in on him because he’s worth way much more to them.”

Sutton insists Kyogo has to stay on board and also wants Celts to dig deep to bring Idah back to Glasgow. The Norwich City striker was a smash-hit during his six-month stint in Scotland but has now returned to the Canaries, where he is under contract until 2028. Sutton – who is also a Carrow Road hero – admits it will take serious dosh to get him back to Parkhead.

But he is convinced Celtic should be looking to splash out to bring in a proven performer. He said: “There is a new manager at Norwich with Johannes Hoff Thorup coming in and I’d image that he would want to assess the squad. He will have seen the impact Idah made at Celtic and it could persuade him to give him another crack at the club. The display might also have pushed up the fee to sign him on a permanent deal. At one stage the talk was about £3m then maybe £5m or £6m. But it could take as much as £9m.

“That is a lot of money to Celtic but the reality is that it’s chicken feed to clubs in England in the Premier League and the top half of the Championship. That is the premium you have to pay. But it’s not like Celtic haven’t done it before. They splashed out £9m for Odsonne Edouard in similar circumstances and no one can say that move didn’t work out.

Celtic's Adam Idah
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“Likewise, Idah has come in and proven that he can cut it at Celtic. There is far less risk attached to any move and at 23 year old, he’s also a player with the potential to repay that fee in a few years. That doesn’t mean he could come in as a replacement for Kyogo. Celtic will need both of them in the squad. The pair of them were rotated last season and that seemed to get the best out of both.

“Celtic will be fighting on four fronts next season and they will need all the quality players they can get – especially in the attacking areas. There are areas Celtic need to address but keeping Kyogo and bringing Idah in would be a solid start.”