Adam Idah knew Celtic had a history of scoring crucial late goals. In fact, ahead of his late heroics to claim a vital victory over Motherwell, Brendan Rodgers' squad had watched clips of Matt O'Riley's 96th-minute winner at Fir Park in September.

Similarly, Idah - who joined on loan from Norwich in January - never had any expectation other than mountainous pressure on his shoulders as he moved to Glasgow.

The striker already had the knowledge that second place was unthinkable for Parkhead supporters, and he's confident he and his team-mates will thrive in a shoot-out title race against Rangers.

“I’m aware of Celtic and late goals," said Idah who scored a late brace to keep Celtic within two points of Rangers at the Scottish Premiership summit.  "We actually watched the clips before the game of Matty O’Riley scoring at Motherwell in the 96th minute.

“But it’s just that attitude of never giving up. I could see it as soon as I came in. Everyone is so hard working in training, so professional.

“You see it in the games. They never give up, everyone is willing to put in that extra percent to get results. You saw that on Sunday and it turned out well.

“Look, there’s always going to be pressure going into any game. There’s always pressure at Celtic because it's such a big club and the demands on everyone are huge.

“I think for us players, you need pressure. It can be tough at times but we are all experienced enough to deal with that pressure and keep going.

“Would we rather it was more straightforward? Of course, you want that in every game.

“But these things happen. You go 1-0 down and it’s to show that mentality and attitude to turn it around.

“We did that on Sunday. Look, not every game is going to be easy. You are not going to be four or five up every week.

“That’s football and you need to grind it out to the very last whistle."

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Idah is one of the newest recruits under Rodgers but he has quickly adopted a united attitude with his team-mates in Glasgow. 

The Republic of Ireland international is aware of the expectation at Celtic and is not ignorant to the growing hysteria at the punch-by-punch nature of the title challenge.

However, Idah insists discussions on pressure at Celtic don't extend beyond the training ground at Lennoxtown - and being written off in some quarters after sacrificing a seven-point lead in the league doesn't even factor into his motivation.

“People know there is pressure around the place. We’ve spoken about it in training," admitted Idah.

“It’s just dealing with it. It can be tough at times, but we are old and experienced enough to put that behind us.

“We have to stick together – we are a team. That last 20 or 30 minutes are what we are capable of.

“What we need to understand is we need to do it consistently in every game and not just in the second half. It has to be from the first minute to the very end.

“You take the positives from the game. We’ll look back at what went wrong but have to look back at the positives to take into the next game and make sure we are consistent."

Asked whether he has felt nervous with the atmosphere understandably tense with the league title being wrestled back-and-forth across the city, Idah said:  “Not really. I think I thrive off pressure. That’s what excites me. For a lot of players, that’s what you play football for.

“That pressure gives you that bit of motivation. I know for me, that’s when I play my best.

“To be fair we haven’t spoken about the league once. There are still 11 games to go and when we speak in training, we take each game as it comes.

“We want to get three points in each and every game and we can look at the league at the end of the season.”

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Idah's contribution at Fir Park saw his goal tally for the season double to four since his move north. And crucially, it was his first goals from open play for Celtic after his initial penalty-spot brace against Hibs earlier this month.

The striker, 22, explained: “It’s obviously very pleasing. The two penalties were great but you do want to score from open play.

“To do that on Sunday and the way it went was unbelievable for me and my confidence as a striker.

“My job is getting goals so I was delighted. Was that what I am about? 

“Yeah, that’s what I’ve come here to try to do. I want to score as many goals as I can and help the team.

“The team is helping me by putting balls in the box and making me the reference point. 

“Overall we are working well with each other.”

Idah has interchanged with Kyogo Furuhashi in the Celtic starting line-up since his move to Scotland but did his chances of a starting spot against Dundee no harm with his scoring efforts at the weekend.

But he has ruled out any change in his attitude regardless of whether he's stripped from the first whistle or once again called upon from the bench.

“Look, regardless if I start or come off the bench, I’m going to do my best," he vowed.

“I’ve started three games now and came on in others. It’s about getting games and helping the team.

“That’s what I did on Sunday. It doesn’t matter to me if I start or not. I just want to perform each and every week and hopefully score as many goals as I can."