It would be a 'crying shame' if Celtic didn't buy Adam Idah this summer, according to Chris Sutton.

The striker - who ex-Celts hero Sutton feels was terribly unlucky not to be the derby winner last weekend - has six goals in just nine games for Brendan Rodgers' side.

The Republic of Ireland international has made an impressive impact on the team since his January loan arrival from Norwich City.

And Sutton has declared that a £3m offer should be enough to tempt another of his former sides into selling the 23-year-old to the Glasgow giants.

He wrote in his Daily Record column: "It’s a shame to have this pitch and VAR nonsense on the back of last weekend, where Scottish football was shown in the best possible light.

"The Old Firm game was a tremendous showcase – then days later it’s back to the circus. It’s drama we want, not chaos. Hopefully there will be more of the former this weekend and none of the latter.

"The season is now at the crucial stage and there can be no slip-ups in the title race. It will be interesting to see if Celtic kick on now with the likes of Callum McGregor and Reo Hatate coming back to fitness.

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"The one thing you noticed last weekend was the bench was much stronger than it has been. You look at the impact Adam Idah had when he came on. There’s an argument he should have been introduced sooner, but he put himself about and was unlucky not to be the match winner.

"I thought some of the criticism of Jack Butland was harsh as it was a tremendous finish from the Irishman for the third goal, through the defender and right down low towards the keeper’s leg. If it wasn’t for Rabbi Matondo’s sublime equaliser, Idah would have gone down as an Old Firm hero.

"As it was, he has only added to his case for a permanent transfer this summer. That’s six goals in just nine games for Idah – and only six starts– and I’m sure Norwich City fans will be wondering where it’s come from.

"I don’t. I’ve always said he has the ability and sometimes it just needs a change of scenery for a player to spark into life. By all accounts, Idah was the one who really pushed for the move to Celtic and he’s really grabbed his chance. It wasn’t easy when he came in but he’s won over a lot of supporters.

"There was some talk when he arrived that it would cost around £3m to get him on a permanent deal and if that’s the figure this summer, it would be an absolute steal. Idah has shown he can bring something different to the attack. Kyogo will always be the main man when fit, but it’s important to have a different option in certain games or coming off the bench.

"When you consider some of the cash spent on strikers at Celtic in recent years, that would be small change to land a player who still has more developing to do and plenty of potential. If Idah does the business in the remainder of the campaign it would be a crying shame not to buy him."