Ange Postecoglou opens up on future of Celtic stars Christie and Edouard

By Euan Davidson

August 25, 2021

Ange Postecoglou admits he’d be delighted to keep Ryan Christie and Odsonne Edouard at Celtic.

Praising their attitude, performances and work ethic, the Celtic manager couldn’t help but confess he’s a big fan of both players. Edouard has scored three goals so far, while Christie’s assist master-class against Dundee and performances in Europe dictate he’s a player bang in form.

Postecoglou, like any manager might, isn’t best pleased by the idea of losing either. Provided, that is, they continue to buy into what he’s trying to do at the club.

The Celtic manager said [Celtic TV]:

“I said from the outset, I’m not going to try and coerce or influence players to stay if they don’t want to stay. What I will do is treat everyone as if they are a part of this football club as long as they are. And provided they show the commitment to what we want to do.

“I think Ryan and Odsonne have been outstanding in that [regard]. You can’t tell me that they look like players who don’t want to be here. Irrespective of what their immediate future holds, is that they’re contributing every day. Not just in games, in training.

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“If that continues, I’d be delighted to keep them for as long as they want to stay here. But the same time, they’re all masters of their own future, their own sort of destinies, I think it’s important that they make these decisions that are good for themselves.”

Ange Postecoglou has inherited a difficult situation with Celtic players Christie and Edouard

It’s extremely unusual for a Celtic player’s contract to end in January. Given that Scottish football has – to the best of my knowledge – always ran from summer to summer.

Losing a key player for nothing in the middle of the season would be an alien feeling, and that’s incumbent on whoever signed off on a contract with half a year attached to it.

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As for Edouard, supporters go back and forth on the striker, but he’s been a talisman pretty much since joining. To lose our record signing, again for free, would surely be a blow. Not just in a footballing department, but obviously, the financial one.

Player contracts run down, that’s nothing new. Since the famous Jean-Marc Bosman ruling in 1995, players leaving clubs for free after a certain time has become commonplace.

However, this was surely an avoidable situation, especially with regards to Christie.

If Celtic can keep both Christie and Edouard, and it’s not unfeasible, then the squad suddenly feels more solid going forward. Between them, they’ve contributed 210 goals for the football club [Transfermarkt]. You just don’t replace that kind of quality very easily, or cheaply.

Postecoglou is right, though; it’s up to Christie and Edouard themselves. The span of a career in football is short, and they’ve got to make decisions that work for them.

Hopefully, they can be convinced that staying put is the best course of action.

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