ADAM IDAH joined Celtic on deadline day in a loan deal from Norwich City that did not include an option to buy.
However, a set of circumstances could see the 22-year-old Republic of Ireland international striker remaining at the champions after his temporary contract expires at the end of the campaign.
First, of course, Idah would have to convince boss Brendan Rodgers he has the qualities to sign permanent terms.
BEST FOOT FORWARD…Adam Idah makes his Celtic debut against Aberdeen.
Then the Hoops will have to negotiate a transfer fee with the Championship side for a player who has a contract at Carrow Road until June 2028.
The East Anglian club may be willing to talk about a switch – if Sydney van Hooijdonk impresses during his temporary move from Bologna.
The son of ex-Celt Pierre, the towering Dutch hitman who was spotted by Davie Hay, then the club’s chief scout, and signed by Tommy Burns in January 1995, was linked with the champions earlier in last month’s window, but Rodgers wasn’t persuaded to advance the interest.
Van Hooijdonk made a late move to Norwich at the same time Idah was on his way to Glasgow.
The second-tier English club have the option to buy the striker who is priced at £4.3million by the Serie A outfit.
GREEN FOR GO…Adam Idah made a good first impression.
If the jigsaw pieces come together, Idah could be seen as surplus to the requirements of his parent club who would undoubtedly attempt to recoup all – or, at least, some – of a fee for Van Hooijdonk who was a late substitute in their 2-1 home win over Coventry City on Saturday.
Idah, of course, made his debut for the Hoops as a 57th-minute replacement for Paulo Bernardo in the 1-1 draw with Aberdeen at Pittodrie at the weekend.
Encouragingly, the powerhouse attack-leader set up the equaliser for fellow-new Bhoy Nicolas Kuhn and looked the part during his outing.
Now the Cork-born forward is hoping to get the nod to make a second appearance against Hibs at Easter Road tomorrow night.