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‘Have They Learned Nothing’ – Pundit Criticises Celtic’s Adam Idah Stance

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Pundit Tam McManus has taken to social media to criticise Celtic’s handling of the Adam Idah transfer negotiations. McManus expressed his frustration with the club’s approach, drawing parallels to the infamous John McGinn fiasco. “Why do Celtic continue to lowball teams for players? Have they learned nothing from the John McGinn fiasco? Someone will offer £6 million and get him. Penny pinching again,” McManus wrote.

The club missed out on John McGinn in 2018 after failing to meet Hibernian’s valuation, allowing Aston Villa to swoop in and sign the midfielder for the asked price. The incident left then-chief executive Peter Lawwell facing significant criticism for not securing McGinn’s services, a move that would have bolstered Celtic’s midfield at a crucial time during Rodgers first spell.

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Soccer Football – Scottish Cup – Final – Celtic v Rangers – Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland, Britain – May 25, 2024 Celtic’s Adam Idah celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

The situation with Adam Idah isn’t quite the same with the player contracted to Norwich for the foreseeable. Celtic recently had a £4 million plus add-ons bid rejected by Norwich City for the 23-year-old striker. Despite Idah’s desire to return to Celtic Park, things appear to be moving at a snails pace. Idah’s impressive loan spell last season, where he scored 9 goals and provided 2 assists in just 19 appearances, demonstrated his value. His goals were pivotal in securing the league title and winning the Scottish Cup final against Rangers.

Celtic’s reluctance to move quicker is frustrating some fans. While financial prudence is essential, there is a fine line between being cautious and missing out on key players who could make a significant impact. Celtic’s History of hesitancy in the transfer market often leaves them vulnerable to being outbid by more decisive clubs.

While nobody suggests that Celtic should spend recklessly, there is a clear need for the club to take the initiative.

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