Odsonne Edouard claimed the Player of the Month award for January after an absolutely swashbuckling start to the second-half of the season.
The Frenchman has struck up a partnership with Leigh Griffiths since we came back from the winter break, and it’s certainly helped increase his goal ratio too. Edouard has rattled home seven since the break, with three of them coming last month.
His wonderful technique for his opener at Rugby Park was worthy of the award alone. However, he also helped Celtic get past Ross County too when his brace single-handedly changed the game at Parkhead. He may not have scored at McDiarmid Park in the 3-0 win at St Johnstone, but his link-up play with Griffiths was a joy to watch once again.
So there’s nobody more deserving of the award given Edouard’s role in getting us to seven points clear at the top of the Premiership. Sections of the support, therefore, have been quick to give him praise for his individual gong this afternoon:
Not surprised, he is the greatest player of all time
— 🍀 (@KingEddyCSC) February 11, 2020
French eddy doing french eddy things..
— Andrew stoutt (@andrew_stoutt) February 11, 2020
Just give him February, March, April and May to save some time. 💚🍋
— David Stewart 🏴🇪🇺🍀🍋 (@DavidWho33) February 11, 2020
@EASPORTSFIFA you know what to do
— Kieran Reynolds (@Kieran_R6) February 11, 2020
Player of the month ODSONNE EDOUARD best striker by a mile in Scotland no one is near him.
— Gerard Ward (@G3WRD) February 11, 2020
French eddy fully deserved player of the Month 😎 @Oedouard22
— murray ritchie (@MurrayRitchie96) February 11, 2020
Force him to sign a new deal.
— Liam (@LK95_) February 11, 2020
Well done dad
— Sean James (@SeanJames67) February 11, 2020
Is a new contract a pipe dream?
Many of the replies to Celtic’s official Twitter post regarding the award were centred around giving Edouard a new contract.
This would, undoubtedly, be one of the best gifts the board could give the supporters between now and the end of the season. However, at the same time, you have to wonder just how feasible it is.
As a club, we pride ourselves on providing exciting young foreign talent like Edouard with a platform to hone their craft and show off their skills. It gives them the chance to strut their stuff in Europe as well as compete for competitions and medals.
There comes a time when that player will move on to bigger and better things. Whilst Celtic may be our own utopia, it likely won’t be for the likes of Eddy and Moussa Dembele before him. We just don’t know what kind of discussions have been going on behind the scenes.
Therefore, with that in mind, the biggest fear is that a new deal for the Frenchman is totally out of the question given his own ambitions. When speaking about his future today, Edouard said that he has two years left on his contract and that’s what he wanted to focus on, according to Alison Conroy of Clyde 1.
Of course, Celtic won’t sell him once those two years have run out. Realistically, if he isn’t interested in a new deal, the Hoops would have their best chance of a big-money deal this summer. That’s the reality of the situation and something we would all love to avoid happening. Here’s hoping something can indeed be thrashed out before the end of the season.