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Why Kyogo Celtic transfer exit wouldn't be surprising and Adam Idah is NOT ready-made replacement

Mark Wilson wouldn't be surprised if Kyogo was to leave Celtic this summer - and doesn't see Adam Idah as a replacement.

The Japanese forward had his least prolific campaign for the Hoops in the one just finished but still ended with 19 goals and the team's top goalscorer. Despite Idah's impact as a January loan signing and Brendan Rodgers clearly loving the Irishman, Kyogo was still mostly preferred.

The 29-year-old was constantly linked with moves away last summer and this time round there have been unconfirmed whisperings of interest from his homeland. As not only a first pick but the main goal threat, Celtic are unlikely to be too keen on sending him packing. But if any offer was to give them a profit on the £4.5million paid for him, Wilson could see them taking it.

The former Hoops defender told Clyde One Superscoreboard: "I wouldn’t be surprised if he went. Just because of the way football is. I think everyone has a shelf life. There is the right time to sell everyone.

“I am not saying that’s right for Kyogo. It’s just the way football is. Maybe Brendan Rodgers has looked at the cycle that he has been through. Three years. Plenty of goals. But is he looking for something more? If the price is right.

“If the price was right, then I suspect the club model that Celtic have, if they are making money from it, then they will probably do it. One thing is for sure, you need to have somebody in the building or close to signing before you even attempt to let him go.

And would Idah be a ready made replacement? No, says Wilson.

He went on: "You need someone more mobile. I think Idah is good at what he does. He is worth keeping at Celtic or trying to get the deal done. But you need someone like Kyogo. So mobile. Can play off the shoulder.

"Can get a goal out of nothing. You need someone to replace him. It will be an interesting one. I have no doubt Brendan Rodgers will want to keep. It’s whether it aligns with the club.”