Celtic boss Neil Lennon will be well-aware that clubs will be interested in signing Odsonne Edouard. The striker, who the Hoops paid PSG £9 million for last year, has been in great form for Celtic, and for the French under-21 side.
Just because teams are interested in the player does not mean that Celtic will be selling him however. In fact the Hoops boss has been blunt in his language about the situation. As for as he is concerned, the situation comes down to three words: ‘not for sale’.
“Not for sale”
“I can’t stop teams coming in and making bids, but as far as I’m concerned Edouard is not for sale” Lennon said, as quoted by the Celtic Twitter account.
It is understandable why Lennon is so keen to keep Edouard. He is a player who is in arguably the best form of his career. He is the man most likely to score goals for Celtic. The Hoops would find it extremely difficult to replace him.
It is also good to see that the manager seems so keen to keep hold of one of his best players. That bodes well for Celtic holding onto Edouard, until the end of the season at least. There is no way that the player can be sold without a potential replacement being signed first.
Selling player without replacement is too much of a gamble
Selling Edouard without securing a replacement striker would be too much of a gamble for the club. Perhaps Celtic will move towards signing the replacement in January, to give the player time to bed in at the club.
There will no doubt be plenty of speculation about players joining and leaving Celtic during the January transfer window.
However, Lennon seems to be trying to put an end to any speculation surrounding Edouard’s immediate future at the club. Hopefully that will be enough to put any interested clubs off from bidding for the player for a while yet.