Brendan Rodgers lauds Celtic star as 'the single biggest catalyst' in Double glory

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers celebrates with his players and the fans
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Brendan Rodgers lauded the January arrival of Scottish Cup goal hero Adam Idah as the biggest turning point of Celtic's season.

Idah joined the Hoops on deadline day but his loan move initially underwhelmed Hoops fans, considering the Republic of Ireland international was third choice striker at Norwich City. But the 23-year-old quickly made his critics eat their words by scoring crucial goals against the likes of Motherwell, Hibs and Rangers to help fire the Parkhead side to title glory.

And Idah wrote his name in Celtic folklore by netting a 90th-minute winner against Rangers to secure a famous Double - a perfect ending to his short-term stint in Glasgow. Rodgers, though, has made it clear he'd love to keep the Canaries striker for next season and believes he was key to Celtic's success.

He told BBC Scotland: "To score a winning goal in a Scottish Cup final, and especially coming from Ireland, it’s a fairytale really and I’m so pleased for him. He came in and he was not playing so much at Norwich, but I’d seen him before and I know the talent he has, and I think he still has so much improvement to make, but I’m really pleased for him.

"It’s different types of goals he’s scored – great headed goals, he’s showed pace in behind and showed composure in penalties, and [in the final] that was a real striker’s goal inside the box."

He added "For me, he’s been the single biggest catalyst of our run-in, certainly since he’s come in back in January, the importance he’s brought to the team, the reference he’s given the team. He’s shared the load with Kyogo and I’m so happy for him."