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Adam Idah sparks Celtic transfer panic but subtle nod may signal true Norwich City intentions

Adam Idah cemented his place in Celtic folklore
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Adam Idah's farewell message last night set alarm bells ringing among Celtic fans as he wished the club 'best of luck for the future'.

The Norwich City loanee cemented his place in Parkhead folklore by netting a 90th-minute Scottish Cup Final winner against Rangers to secure a famous Double for the Hoops on Saturday. Idah, 23, joined on loan in January with little fanfare but quickly silenced his doubters by producing in high-pressure moments, scoring crucial goals against Gers, Hibs and Motherwell to help fire Celts to glory.

Boss Brendan Rodgers has made it crystal clear that he wants to sign the Republic of Ireland international on a permanent basis but it would require the Parkhead board to stump up at least £6million for his services. Reports suggest the hierarchy are willing to push the boat out but, for now, Idah will return to the Canaries.

The big striker officially signed out of Celtic Park last night by sharing an Instagram message thanking the fans and club for a memorable six months. He wrote: "Bhoys, thank you. The last few months have been amazing, and I’ve loved being part of this special team. I’ve made memories and friends for life! Thank you for all the support whilst I’ve been here and best of luck for the future."

It wasn't long before anxious punters flooded his post with comments begging him to stay and ex-Ireland teammate James McClean was among them. Hoops diehard McClean - who also accused the Parkhead board of denying him a dream move to Glasgow - urged the club to get the deal done by writing: "Sign him up" with a four-leaf clover.

And eagle-eyed supporters spotted Idah liking the comment, with many hoping it's a true indication of where his heart lies this summer. Idah was coy on his future when asked during Saturday's Hampden celebrations, saying: "What happens next is not up to me.

"Football works in strange ways. I'm still contracted at Norwich. I'll have my time off and enjoy it as much as I can, and I'll see what happens. I've certainly got a few messages asking me to stay. We set targets and that was getting to two trophies and we've done that. We got the job done so let's see what happens now.”

However, Rodgers was more forthright as he lavished huge praise on his winter signing and insisted he could take his game to the next level. Rodgers said: “For me, he was the catalyst of our season because we needed a different dimension up front.

"The big guy comes in, he has so much potential and played in some really important games. What I love about Adam is he is a big game player. He loves the big games and occasions. Hopefully we can do something. He has a long-term contract at Norwich but he is definitely one I would love to bring back here. At 23 with the potential and quality he has I think he can really push on in his career.”