Sky Sports pundit Andy Walker has disclosed that he would not blame Celtic for selling Odsonne Edouard or any other player during the current transfer window, the Sky Sports Scottish football podcast reports.
The former Celtic striker has come to this conclusion due to the current pandemic that faces Scottish football.
“There are extraordinary times. If Celtic are to sell Edouard, I think there’s a reason for it…you just think of the amount of money that is being burnt, with very little coming. I wouldn’t blame any club, for selling any player, and that would include Edouard for Celtic” Walker said, as quoted on the Sky Sports Scottish football podcast (19m 42s 23/09/20).
It is easy to see where Walker is coming from. We are currently in a unique time for Scottish football, and indeed every walk of life.
Hoops should not sell player despite uncertain times
However, despite these uncertain times, that does not mean that Celtic should arguably the team’s best player in arguably the club’s most important season for years.
If Celtic need to sell a player this month, it should not be Edouard. There are other players who can raise money for the club if that is what Celtic need to do.
It would not be a surprise if a ‘big’ player leaves Celtic before the transfer window closes. After all, the club has spent a lot of money this season.
However, that might have happened even if the game wasn’t in the middle of dealing with a pandemic. Some important players have left Celtic in the last few seasons. Kieran Tierney and Moussa Dembele for example. Those departures had nothing to do with a pandemic.
Club must stand firm
Therefore, even if bids come in for Edouard in the next 10 days, Celtic must stand firm and keep a player that will be pivotal to the club’s chances of winning 10 in a row.
As long as the player is committed to the club, then Celtic should have no concerns about Edouard’s future in the short term.
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