Scott Hogan has certainly been flying since his Celtic link in January after securing a fine goal-return with Birmingham City.
Hogan was reportedly interesting Celtic in January at a time when we looked to bolster our attacking options (TEAMtalk). Instead, however, the Hoops signed Patryk Klimala for £3.5million from Jagiellonia Bialystok (Scottish Sun).
Sections of the Celtic support certainly weren’t up for having Hogan in Glasgow either. However, after instead moving to Birmingham from Aston Villa in a loan deal until the end of the season, he’s found real form once again.
Up until January, Hogan had only scored two goals in his first loan spell of the season at Stoke (Transfermarkt). In two months he’s almost multiplied that tally by five. Hogan now has nine goals for the season.
Incredibly, the Irish international has bagged seven goals in only eight Championship matches for the Blues. His record at St Andrew’s is his best run of form since he scored seven in four games with Brentford back in 2016 (Transfermarkt).
Has the Hogan ship sailed?
His goalscoring form is difficult to ignore. Had he been able to continue his run in the City side without football going into lockdown he could’ve been into double-figures with the Championship side by now.
But things have also changed at Celtic Park since we were linked with him in January. We now have Odsonne Edouard, Leigh Griffiths, Klimala, and Vakoun Bayo. Jonathan Afolabi and Jack Aitchison will also be back at the club in the summer.
Hogan, had he been showing this kind of form with Stoke during the first half of the season, could’ve been a shout in the winter window. If he’s scoring at this rate in the Championship then he could’ve been an asset in the Scottish Premiership.
Of course, Hogan isn’t Edouard. He’s also not as good as an in-form Griffiths either. He’s back to being a goalscorer, however, and that was something we were desperate for in January.
Unfortunately for the striker, who would surely jump at the chance to play at Parkhead, he’s probably arrived at the dock after the Celtic ship’s set sail. The opening we had in our squad has now been filled by Griffiths, with Klimala and Bayo both still projects that the club will want to focus on.
However, fair play to Hogan for getting his career back on track. He’s had a grim time of it with Villa and Stoke in recent years. It’s good to see he’s found some real form once again.