Celtic boss Neil Lennon not worried about Odsonne Edouard speculation

By David Walton

October 24, 2019

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has adamantly claimed that there’s nothing he can do about the Odsonne Edouard transfer rumours.

According to the Daily Express, the likes of Napoli, Manchester United, and Arsenal have all been credited with a move for the Frenchman.

Edouard continues to create back-page headlines with his performances. Already this season, he’s fired home 11 goals for Celtic, including strikes in the Europa League and Champions League qualifiers. His form with France under-21s – scoring nine goals in four games – also hasn’t gone unnoticed.

Odsonne Edouard has stepped things up a gear for Celtic once again (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

And in comments published by the Express, Lenny has stated that he isn’t concerned over any January interest.

“Look, there is going to be constant speculation regarding Odsonne if he continues in the form that he is, we cannot stop the speculation.

“However, he is very happy here and we are very happy with him. He’s in fantastic form for us. He’s happy, he’s been patient, he’s improving his game all the time.

“But we cannot stop the progress, obviously, there will be a lot of interest from a lot of the big teams and that will be a decision the club will have to make alongside his representatives.”

Lennon knows the script – no selling in January

Why should Celtic fans be fearful of any January interest in Edouard? There really is no reason to so long as the board stick by the supporters.

It’s time for Peter Lawwell to do the morally right thing over the financially right thing (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Perhaps it’s that part that makes some supporters worried right enough. Peter Lawwell has to do what’s right for the club’s on-field targets. Keeping Edouard at Parkhead is absolutely essential to it.

Lennon doesn’t have a ready and willing replacement available. Leigh Griffiths is still struggling with injury concerns. Vakoun Issouf Bayo, meanwhile, has still to prove himself as a viable option.

This is likely why Lenny isn’t concerned about selling Edouard. Simply put, he has nothing to be concerned about. He’s here and he’s on a long-term contract. The only people who can change that are Celtic themselves.

Will Edouard add to his blossoming reputation tonight? (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It’s all helped by the fact that Edouard has been no trouble for Celtic so far. He hasn’t been pushing for a move away, and continues to be committed to the cause when it comes to nine-in-a-row.

And, should we achieve it, who knows? Maybe he’ll even decide to stay for the 10. Then again, let’s not get ahead ourselves just yet.