Celtic and Aston Villa fans have been responding to the Scott Hogan connection from yesterday.

TEAMtalk reported that the striker is an alternative for Neil Lennon despite a remarkably bad spell with lowly Stoke City. Really, Hogan is on loan with the Championship club in the Villains, yet has just scored two goals in 15 appearances for them. Worse, he has not started any of the last 12 Championship matches (Transfermarkt). That was two-and-a-half decades ago now.

It is fair to say his connection to Parkhead has not gone down too well with many Hoops fans. Reacting to the news on Social Networking, both Celtic and Villa fans have been giving their views

He’s been prolific occasionally at the English lower leagues, but this is a player that is clearly struggling for optimism.

It would be seen upon as an inexpensive option, particularly if we were to attempt to nab him on a loan deal. It reads like a signing at which the club would just be trying to save money rather than making a statement.

This is a time when appropriate investment needs to be made. Loan deals and career revivals are all good and well, but now is not the time for Celtic to be experimenting with them. There is nothing to suggest over the past couple of years that Hogan would come up to Scotland and be a success. His target record and lack of assurance are startling.

When we ended up signing the Irishman and then proceeded to get rid of the league, it is precisely the type of signing that would be emphasized as a bad bit of business. It is not exactly a bargain that would demonstrate the club as leaving no stone unturned in our bid to acquire 10-in-a-row.

Celtic fans have been teased about the 7million-rated Andraz Sporar (Scottish Sun). We have been connected with the $4million-worth Patryk Klimala (Scottish Sun). For us to possibly go to get a Scott Hogan on financing deal following hyperlinks like that then it would surely be underwhelming.

But this is not the time for Celtic to be taking a risk on a player who is clearly struggling massively.