Celtic must avoid making a move for Aston Villa's Scott Hogan

By David Walton

January 26, 2020

It looks like Scott Hogan’s inevitable departure from Stoke City back to Aston Villa is coming quicker than we would’ve thought.

Celtic had been linked with a loan move for the Irish striker by TEAMtalk earlier this month. That’s despite the fact that Hogan had only scored two goals in 16 games for Stoke (Transfermarkt).

Yet as we enter the final few days of the transfer window, Celtic have yet to progress any apparent interest. In fact, since the report was published, the Hoops have acquired Polish under-21 international Patryk Klimala for £3.5million (Scottish Sun).

Republic of Ireland’s Scott Hogan (Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

However, half the battle in any deal for Hogan was the fact that he was already on loan at Stoke until the end of the season. But speaking to the Stoke Sentinel, O’Neill more or less confirmed that the Villa forward was for the off:

“We’ve had situations with players – and two in particular, Mark Duffy and Scott Hogan, who are here on loan, who haven’t played at all or much under me. Scott’s had a little bit, Mark not been involved at all For their own interests it’s best to move on and I think they know that”

What would Hogan add?

Hogan is a player clearly struggling for form, and not just in recent times either. Looking back to last season, he only managed to play 15 times and bag two goals. So add his performances up over the last year-and-a-half and you have 31 appearances and four goals (Transfermarkt).

That simply shouldn’t be anywhere near good enough for Celtic to take a chance on. It’s also not as if these appearances have come in England’s top division. Instead, Hogan has been plying his trade in the Championship and below.

You can argue that he has strength, something we’ve lacked going forward at times. But it’s incredible to think that he would be the best option out there with a record like that.

Stoke’s on-loan forward Scott Hogan (Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Hogan hasn’t managed to make a success of it at Aston Villa or Stoke City. There’s not a lot of pedigree there to believe that he can be some sort of hero at Parkhead. Is it really a great look for us to be taking a player who’s struggled at these kind of clubs anyway? After all, look at how ineffective Moritz Bauer has been.

He’s also a player who’s in desperate need of more game-time to boost his career. Celtic can’t offer him that. Would you play Hogan over the likes of Odsonne Edouard or Leigh Griffiths? Absolutely not.

So hopefully Celtic aren’t considering this one before the closure of the January window. Hogan needs to do a lot more in his career before its proven he can succeed at Parkhead.