Celtic fans would have been forgiven for being relieved when Scott Hogan completed a January move elsewhere after a report from TEAMtalk claimed that the Hoops wanted the Aston Villa striker.
Hogan went into January having struggled at Stoke City. He scored three goals in 13 Championship games for the Potters, and had not started a game since October.
Nevertheless, it was suggested that Neil Lennon wanted Hogan at Parkhead before he ultimately headed to Birmingham City for the rest of the campaign.
And while Celtic have hardly been left to kick themselves over missing out on the Republic of Ireland international, they would surely be forgiven for weighing up reigniting their interest ahead of the summer.
The Bhoys looked to be strolling towards another league title before the season was halted. But they may have also been aware that Hogan had scored seven goals in his first eight appearances for Birmingham.
Hogan set for permanent move this summer?
Unsurprisingly, The Sun on Sunday (15/3; page 60) reported over the weekend that the Blues want to keep the striker permanently.
And it was suggested that Villa may feel compelled to sell. His contract reportedly expires in 2021. So they may have one more opportunity to secure a reasonable fee for the 27-year-old, who cost the Villans £12 million (via BBC Sport).
But with Villa also facing a battle to stay in the Premier League, you could understand if they were hesitant about selling the forward to a team that could be a Championship rival next term.
And that should perhaps tempt Celtic to try their luck again.
The Hoops do boast plenty of attacking options. But neither Vakoun Issouf Bayo or Patrik Klimala have scored a league goal so far. And questions are always going to be asked about Odsonne Edouard’s future.
If Villa are open to letting Hogan go on the cheap therefore, Celtic must act to bolster their ranks further.
His form since the previous links with Parkhead highlight what a devastating ace he could be if he found himself up Lennon’s sleeve.