Odsonne Edouard’s France record is certainly taking everyone by surprise, but some fans don’t want the club telling everyone about it.
Eddy notched an incredible ninth goal in just four games for France under-21s last night. His hat-trick against Slovakia in their Euro 2021 qualifier was sensational stuff. It followed on from braces against Albania, Czech Republic, and Azerbaijan respectively.
As is the norm, Celtic were quick to congratulate him with a neat-looking Twitter post on his achievement. They’ve done the same after all of his games with France too.
However, it’s fair to say that not all supporters want it to be cheered from the rooftops. Here’s a look at some of the fan reaction to the Hoops’ post from late last night.
King Eddy 👑 pic.twitter.com/fSFbzMV0hi
— Shay (@shayconaghan) October 15, 2019
Did peter lawwell make you tweet this
— Aidan Murray (@aidanmurrayyy) October 15, 2019
— Natasha Meikle (@natashameikle) October 15, 2019
Every time we get good players they sell them, y can't we at least try and build a good team that isn't dismantled every flipping year, bugs the he'll out of me
— murdina (@murdina_k) October 16, 2019
— Scully-Bolingoli (@m_scully90) October 15, 2019
Pistol Pete eyeing up gold bricks for his heated driveway …
— Kingsnake (@PrestonMcMurry) October 15, 2019
Wanty rap it celtic
— Reiss (@reissmoran) October 15, 2019
Too much concern over selling players when they hit a purple patch
We know how it works in Scotland. Not many foreigners stay forever these days. It’s a place to develop your skills, play in a highly-pressurised environment, then move onto bigger and better things.
However, players can’t seem to enjoy a run of form without them suddenly being up for sale in Scotland. Edouard has had a fine run for the France under-21s. But it’s important to still remember the strength Celtic have when it comes to his contract.
Edouard signed a four-year deal at the start of last season. That means that the Hoops still have over two years remaining on his current deal. Any offer for him has to be mega-money, and that could put some clubs off.
There’s no point getting panicky when our players do well. Otherwise, what’s the point really? We sell Edouard, get another striker in who performs well, then sell him too. Sure, that’s the pattern we tend to follow at Celtic, but there’s no need to worry that it’s going to be put at the expense of our own success.
January is a big month for us. We can’t afford to weaken, and the board know fine well that they wouldn’t get away with selling him. If they did and we managed to make a mess of the title, they wouldn’t be forgiven. That’s not a risk you can see them taking.
Next summer is a different proposition. By that point, Edouard will have spent three full years at Parkhead. In truth, for someone of his talent, that’s as long as we can tend to hope he stays for. But the truth is there’s no need to panic about it, the club is in a safe place with the Frenchman’s contract.