The cat is well and truly out of the bag when it comes to Celtic’s interest in former Hibernian striker Eoin Doyle, who is currently setting League One alight at Chesterfield.
A Bhoys scouting delegation made the trip down to salubrious Scunthorpe to watch the 26-year-old’s 71st-minute penalty spark an FA Cup comeback for the Spireites in midweek.
It’s thought that the Parkhead outfit will lodge a £1.5m bid for the Irishman in the coming days, with Derby and Cardiff amongst a host of Championship clubs also interested.
So, having left Easter Road in 2012/13 with a modest 14 goals in 57 games in his Hibs account, why are Ronny Deila’s side interested in bringing him back to bonny Scotland?
After playing 43 league games for Chesterfield in their League Two-title winning campaign last term the former Sligo Rovers hitman has hit a major purple patch.
His sophomore season as a Spireite has seen him harvest an impressive 22 goals in 27 appearances across all competitions, including consecutive September hat-tricks.
Far from the archetypal lower division centre-forward from a physical point of view, Doyle is relatively slender six footer.
Instead his goals are the product of sharp and creative finishing along with astute positioning, whether it be within the penalty are or on the shoulder of the last defender.
The Irishman also relishes carrying the fight to the opposition with the ball at his feet, creating goals for himself with his direct, defender-compromising running.
Voted October’s League One player of the month, Celtic’s target puts the acceleration in his scoring down to playing more often at centre forward, having previously been used as a wideman.
Having also been denied the opportunity for regular starts in his favourite position during his time in Edinburgh, Celtic fans can expect to see a more effective player should he return to the Premiership in the near future.
Doyle’s Chesterfield are 4/5 to down Port Vale on home turf this weekend.