Given backs Rodgers to get best out of Celtic's new recruit Idah

Given backs Rodgers to get best out of Celtic's new recruit Idah

Former Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given believes that Brendan Rodgers could be the best manager to get the best out of Ireland's young striker, Adam Idah. Idah has joined Celtic on loan from Norwich City for the rest of the season.

Idah (22) has scored seven goals in 34 appearances for the championship club this season and will look to make a name for himself in Glasgow. However, not everyone thinks it is the right move for Celtic.

Former Norwich and Celtic striker Chris Sutton wrote on X before the move that he wasn't sure about Celtic's move for Idah, claiming it wasn't an upgrade on their options.

On X, formerly Twitter, Sutton wrote: "If this is true, I’m not sure. With the greatest respect, it’s an upgrade on Oh...

"Idah needs to get away from Norwich and has potential, but he has had potential for years, but he’s 100% in the development category and a long way from the finished article."

Given, who began his youth career with Celtic, gave a contrasting take to Sutton and claimed the move was "brilliant."

“We all know how big a club Celtic are, so it’s exciting for him,” he said. “It’s a brilliant move, as they’re going for the championship, and he could win a league medal.

“He has three or four months to really prove himself, and a title would be very special to have in his locker.”

Given has also backed his good friend Rodgers to unlock the potential of the Cork native in Glasgow. He believes the move will suit both Rodgers, Idah, and the club.

“I know Brendan relatively well, and I think he's a top-quality coach who will play to Adam's strengths,” he added.

“Yes, Adam could probably add a few more goals to his game, but in spurts with the Ireland jersey on, you could see he was a handful for a lot of defences.

“For any striker, it’s just about playing regularly, and a team like Celtic, who are expected to win every week, will create a lot of chances for him.

“The way Brendan coaches and the way Adam plays, if he gets into the right positions, I think he will grab goals.”

Celtic play Aberdeen tomorrow at 12:30.