Celtic’s January deadline day signing, Adam Idah, spoke to the press for the first time this afternoon, with the Republic of Ireland international joining the Hoops on loan until the end of the season from Norwich City.
When asked about his discussions with Brendan Rodgers and what the Celtic boss wants him to add to the squad Idah said:
“We spoke briefly, and we spoke about a plan. I’m still 22 years of age, and I’ve got a lot of things that I need to develop.
We spoke about what he can do for me in terms of scoring goals and adding little bits to my game, so I think it really excited me that he can help develop that in my career.”
Idah admitted his decision to join Celtic over Serie A side Hellas Verona wasn’t a difficult one.
“To be honest, it was a no-brainer when I heard Celtic was in. I’ve said before I’ve always wanted to play for Celtic, and no matter what club came in, to be honest, I was going to come to Celtic.
“It’s probably one of the biggest clubs in the world; the fans are unbelievable, and I’m just so excited to be here.”
HANDLING THE PRESSURE
Speaking about the pressures of playing for Celtic, the Republic of Ireland international embraced the challenge that comes with playing for the Scottish Premiership champions.
Idah said: “I think us footballers, we enjoy pressure. For me personally, I like being under pressure. You can go one way or the other; you can either excel or you can crumble.
“I think the players know the demands that the fans have. It is exciting to play under that; you do enjoy it. And for me, it’s going to be a new experience, but I’m looking forward to it.”
The young Irishman also revealed his eagerness to play games consistently and his determination to win for the club.
“For me, obviously, I wanted to play games, and I think Celtic being such a great club, I think I can add some qualities to this team. I want to win games, get three points on the table each week. I know this club and the fans are very demanding.
We want to show them that we can win games. For me, it’s a big thing to be at such a big club and have that reliability on me to win these games.”
A WARM WELCOME
Acknowledging the warm reception he has received from Celtic supporters; Idah expressed his gratitude.
“I just want to say I’m delighted to be here. I think on social media yesterday, the welcome here I’ve got from fans has been unbelievable, so you’ve made me all feel so welcome.
And for me, I’m so looking forward to stepping out on the pitch, especially at Celtic Park; hopefully, I can produce the goods for you guys.”
The Irish striker also spoke of the last-minute nature of the loan deal.
He said: “I first heard on Monday morning, so it was quite a stressful couple of days.”
With Celtic in action tomorrow at 12:30 against Aberdeen at Pittodrie, Idah discussed his eagerness to make an immediate impact. However, he also mentioned his uncertainty about the role he’ll play in the game.
“For this weekend, obviously, I don’t know what’s going to happen. I’m excited to even travel, so we’ll see how that goes.”
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