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Adam Idah recalls meeting Celtic fans in Cork pub

Adam Idah has recalled meeting Celtic fans in a Cork pub during the March international break.

The in-form Celtic striker visited the biggest Celtic Supporters Club in Cork and was mobbed by Hoops fans.

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Idah is proving to be a popular figure at Celtic Park – Photo by Icon Sport

Idah meets Celtic fans in Cork Supporters Club

Idah has scored seven goals in 10 appearances for Celtic since joining on loan from Norwich City in January. This has helped to propel Brendan Rodgers’ side to the top of the Scottish Premiership table, where they currently sit four points clear of Rangers.

When Idah was back home in Ireland during the international break, he visited the Ferry Arms, which is the venue for the Cork No.1 Celtic Supporters Club. On his visit to the Ferry Arms, he said (via the Daily Record): “I popped into a couple of pubs back home in Cork. I didn’t expect all that, to be honest. I was shocked when I walked in!

“It was great seeing everyone. They sent me some footage of the place from the other weekend watching the Rangers game and the place looked amazing. It’s not far from where I grew up. My mate took me down and we met some fans and the owners. It was top class.

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Idah celebrates a goal against Dundee at Celtic Park – Photo by Icon Sport

“I don’t think I would have got that reception if I wasn’t at Celtic. They’d just think I was just another local lad. Coming here you are treated like a hero wherever you go. It’s fantastic. I don’t know if I’ll need to buy a pint again – I hope not!

“The fans are so good. Every single person I’ve met has been top class. You can be driving through the city and people are cheering you on. It’s great for us players to have that fan base behind us. It really motivates you to fight for them.”

‘It’s amazing how big this club is’ – Idah praises Celtic fans

Idah was born in Cork and grew up alongside Celtic fans, so he was under no illusions about the significance of the club to the fans. Even with this knowledge, the 23-year-old striker was taken aback by the passion of the supporters.

He added: “I knew the club was huge when I came up. I know everyone says it but you don’t actually realise how big it is until you are here. For example, I got sent a video of the goal from a pub in Australia. It was mobbed and it was going crazy.

“You realise people are watching this all over the world. It’s amazing how big this club is. It has taken me a bit by surprise. I was saying to my mum recently, I didn’t actually realise just how many Celtic tops I was seeing when I was back home.

“They have always been there but maybe I just wasn’t noticing as much. It’s still a bit of a shock to me. It’s been weird. There are so many fans back home that will come up to me. Even lads I used to kick a ball with when I was young and are still friends are asking me for photos.

“I’m thinking, ‘What is going on?’ It’s crazy. My life has gone a bit strange. No matter where I go I think I’m going to bump into Celtic fans somewhere. Hopefully I can just keep repaying their support.”

Idah repays fans with on-field contributions

The Republic of Ireland striker began the season at Norwich, where he scored six goals in 28 games. His arrival at Celtic in January came at a time when the club were in need of attacking reinforcements.

He has been a revelation since joining with seven goals. Celtic fans are already looking forward to the summer and the prospect of buying Idah on a permanent deal, but he has stressed that his focus is on the end of the season and winning the club’s 54th league title.


Will Murray

Freelance football journalist. Experience writing for When Saturday, Comes, Goalkeeper.com, Elite Scholars and Total Football Analysis. Recently finished an MA in Sport Journalism at the University of Brighton. Long-time season ticket holder at the two-time European Champions Nottingham Forest.

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