Greg Taylor desperate for Adam Idah Celtic transfer stay as Kyogo factor and big moments highlighted

Greg Taylor insists he’ll be in Adam Idah’s ear to keep the outstanding striker at Celtic.

And Cameron Carter-Vickers has also backed boss Brendan Rodgers’ call to get a £6million deal sealed for the Hampden hero. Idah’s dramatic last-gasp winner sank Rangers and saw Celtic complete a double with their Scottish Cup Final win. It was the Republic of Ireland forward’s ninth and most crucial goal since joining the club on loan from Norwich in January. Taylor admits he’ll be trying to persuade Idah to stay and said: “I certainly will be, definitely.

“He’s been outstanding, with some massive contributions in games and I’m really proud of him. It’s important to remember he’s still a young guy. He just needed a fresh start. He’d been at Norwich a long time and had done really well but this has given him that fresh start and I’m sure he’d be keen to stay.

“He’s scored goals in some big moments and it’s also pushed Kyogo, who has gone to another level again since Adam came in. Adam’s been outstanding, his goals have been outstanding, so the two of them have made big, key contributions. I’m really proud of them both.

“When teams go man-to-man and are pressing you high, look at Kilmarnock the other week, he gives another option and another layer to our game. It’s not about going long, more that Adam’s hold-up play is one of his strengths. Him and Kyogo really complement each other. They are both top players in their own right.

“He [Idah] is still really young. Just because he has that presence, it’s easy to forget that. He’s really enjoyed his time here and I’m sure he would be keen to stay.”

Carter-Vickers is in full agreement and said: “He’s done great, especially when he first came in, he scored a lot of big goals late on, away at Motherwell, Hibs as well. This was a great moment for him. He’s a great guy as well, everyone loves being around him. He’s proved over the last six months or so he can help the team and is a good guy to have around.”

Rodgers made his feelings clear immediately after the Hampden heroics and said: “The board knows how I feel about Adam. That was the reason for bringing him in. He’s been a real catalyst for us, especially over the last few months.

“He’s a big-game player. In so many big moments, he’s stepped up to the plate for us. I’m so happy for him. A boy from Ireland, a striker scoring the winning goal in the Scottish Cup Final against Rangers. Wow. What a summer he’ll have.

“I don’t know if we’ll get him in the summer, the board will look at it. My talks with Adam will remain private because there’s a lot of work to do. But he knows my feelings and so does the club so we’ll see what happens.

“I knew what I was getting with Adam because I’d seen him in the Premier League at 18. He has all the attributes. He’s fast, dynamic, strong and I felt with better positioning he’d get goals. What he’s done since coming in is show that he’s a goalscorer. He gets different types of goals. He has great movement in the box and he deals with pressure moments.

“He’s been absolutely immense for us and he’s clearly someone I’d like to do something with. I just know with Adam that he’s got such a high ceiling. Coming to here, he’s thrived on the pressure of being at a big club.

“At Celtic, you learn how to prepare. You can’t have a lazy day here, you’ve got to be on it. He’s benefited from that. The environment has made him grow. Adam had to get a feel for us but I told him he had to be ready to make an impact, either starting or coming on. His confidence has never wavered, he’s been a brilliant team player for us.”