Celtic reportedly interested in signing Aston Villa's Scott Hogan

By John Reid

January 9, 2020

Celtic are interested in signing Aston Villa’s Scott Hogan, according to a report.

Teamtalk is reporting that Neil Lennon is considering a move for the striker who is currently on loan at Stoke City, but is not in the plans of manager Michael O’Neill. The report goes on to claim that Hogan would be allowed to join the Hoops on loan for the rest of the season.

Hogan was once rated highly, and signed for Villa from Brentford in January 2017 for a fee that could have risen to £12 million.

Move to Villa hasn’t worked out for player

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However, the move to Birmingham hasn’t worked out for the player. In his time at Villa, he has found it difficult to find the back of the net.

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That hasn’t always been a problem for him though. In his career he has scored 57 goals, which is a decent return for a striker.

Hogan has also featured for Ireland, being capped eight times. Indeed, Hogan featured in the Ireland squad last year, last playing in the 2-0 loss to Switzerland.

Ireland manager and former Celtic defender Mick McCarthy is a fan of the player.

“He was outstanding”

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“If he can back to his form at Brentford, he’d be a shoe-in because he was outstanding” he said, as reported by Pundit Arena, before he made his return to the Irish squad.

Hogan also revealed that McCarthy encouraged him following his first Irish start against Gibraltar in June.

“He asked me to do a job tonight and I’m just disappointed I didn’t score. I know the boss likes me. He has been really impressed with me” Hogan said, as quoted by RTE.

If Neil Lennon is interested in the player, all he has to do is call-up Mick McCarthy, who seems to be a big fan.

Any concern about the move will be based on the fact that the player hasn’t scored enough goals recently. He has only two to his name this season. However, he has proven in the past he knows where the back of the net is. If he can recapture his Brentford form, he could be a useful addition to the Hoops.