Both new Nicolas Kühn and Adam Idah have probably done enough up at Pittodrie at the weekend to be in Brendan Rodgers’ thoughts for a starting slot in his Celtic team for the must win game at Easter Road on Wednesday night.
And with Daizen Maeda coming back from the Asian Cup fully fit and ready to play, we could see all three starting for Celtic at a ground where Brendan Rodgers has never won as Celtic manager. Now is the time for the bioss to break his duck!
Unless there is a change of formation – which might be no bad thing – Brendan would have to drop his front three from Saturday – Abada, Kyogo and Palma to start with Kühn, Idah and Maeda.
Nicolas Kühn got his first Celtic goal at the weekend and afterwards spoke to the media up at Pittodrie. “I am happy to score my first goal for Celtic, but we wanted to take the three points. It is frustrating. We came here for the three points, and we are disappointed, but we need to keep going. We have a chance to do better this week. The coach brought me on because he wanted me to make an impact. I am happy I scored but in the end, it wasn’t good enough,” the Celtic goalscorer said, as reported by BBC Scotland Sport.
Coming on with fellow new signing Adam Idah certainly gave Celtic more of a cutting edge in the second half, despite Aberdeen playing much better in the second half, in a game that the visitors should have had won in a dominant but wasteful first half that somehow ended goalless.
“We did some positive stuff. We linked up and I am hoping you will see even more in the coming weeks,” Kühn as he considered the pair’s impact on the match after getting the nod from Brendan Rodgers. The 24 year-old German played off the right wing but is equally as happy to play through the middle or as a left winger. :I don’t prefer any side. I played a lot for my previous club on the right side but I can also come over to the left or even the middle,” he said and went on the talk about his improving fitness levels. “This was my second game in seven weeks now. I have to get used to playing again. I am settling down in Glasgow and I am feeling better and better.”
Asked about the banner displayed by the Celtic support Nicolas Kühn gave the hacks a neat answer. “We have some pressure here because we have to win, and we want to win every game. We just have to do better next week. I have played with some big clubs before with the same expectations. It is nothing new for me. It is good. I don’t think you can go in and think the middle of the table is enough. That is one of the reasons why I came here. There is so much more to come. As I said, it is only my second game and I hope to show over the coming weeks I can get better and better.
“There is a long way to go and a lot of games to play. Of course, we need to be positive. We need the fans, and we also need to stay together, so we can improve and get better and better in every game.” Asked if he still thinks that Celtic can win the title (that’s what he was asked!) Nicolas was certain of it. “Of course, the quality of the team is very good. We will also give our best every week. In the first half, we had a couple of good chances and we just needed to score. It was a little more difficult to go 1-0 down but we showed some character and came back. We wanted three points because one is not enough. We are a bit disappointed. We can’t drop too many points, but we need to keep going.”
And the new Celt gave an update on his personal life as he settles into a new city. “I am good. I have my apartment now. I am still waiting for my bed. Things are getting better and better.”
Incidentally, here’s our Photo Gallery from the game at Pittodrie on Saturday…