Pundit Kris Commons has claimed Scott Brown told him that Odsonne Edouard will become a better player than Moussa Dembele one day, The Scottish Sun report.
Edouard has made a lightning start to the season for both club and country.
During the recent international break he scored four goals in two appearances for the France U21s side, including a double on his first start at that age level.
The striker’s reputation is growing at home and abroad, with many now comparing his rise to that of Dembele’s, who signed for Lyon from Celtic for a reported fee of £19.7m (BBC).
Commons, as a result, has been reminiscing about a prediction from Celtic captain Brown made when Edouard was still a loan player at the Hoops.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, the former Hoops attacker said: “I really rate Edouard. I remember speaking to Scott Brown around the time there was talk of Moussa Dembele leaving Celtic.
“Odsonne was still on loan from PSG then and I asked Broony how he was getting on. He said he was going to be better than Dembele.
“I said, ‘Really?’ and Broony told me, ‘Yeah, because he’s got everything’. And he has. He’s powerful, he’s a great runner, he can hold it in and link play and he can score with both feet.”
The next step for Edouard
The young striker has already netted six goals and assisted five times in 12 appearances for Celtic this season.
He now has the platform to take his career to the next level by producing big in the UEFA Europa League group stage. Two matches against Ligue 1 Rennes give him further opportunity to impress people in his homeland. Lazio meanwhile are a big enough name to make headlines against and receive a boost in reputation.
If he can do that and fire Celtic towards the knockout stages of the competition, as well as continue to produce consistently in the Scottish Premiership, then it truly won’t be long until a big money move comes into sharp focus.
That’s a big ask, but there’s no doubt he has the ability.