Celtic hitman Odsonne Edouard is set to miss a number of important matches for the club.
The striker, according to The Sun, is likely to be called up for France’s Olympic football squad. With the delayed Olympics beginning on the 21st of July [Telegraph], and the second round of Champions League qualification starting on the 20th of July [UEFA], there’s an obvious clash.
Further to that, the Men’s Gold Final match is on the 7th August, which categorically rules Eddy out of the third qualifying stage, too. In a scenario where Celtic drop to the Europa League, the same is true.
France are in a group with hosts Japan, as well as South Africa and Mexico [FIFA]. According to the Sun’s report, Edouard is all but guaranteed a spot in the squad. As the record goalscorer for the U21s, Edouard has international pedigree. The Olympics could put him in the spotlight even further.
Given Celtic don’t like to sell our stars until after some form of European qualification, it’s a hammer blow. Also, regardless of whether you’ve rated his 20-21, Edouard is still an important player. Under a new manager, he could be rejuvenated. Unfortunately, we can’t rely on his finishing while the club attempts to return to the Champions League for the first time since 17-18.
Does this mean a quick Celtic sale for Odsonne Edouard?
These are, from a financial perspective, the most important games of the calendar year. If Edouard was to be kept until say, August, it’d have given our qualification hopes a big boost. Especially when, as we’ve seen, the club aren’t exactly fast in getting people through the door.
With Odsonne Edouard not being able to compete, and surely looking to play Champions League football, it seems likely that we’ll sell him sooner, rather than later. With his contract running out in 2022 [Transfermarkt], it’s inevitable he’ll leave the club. The French striker changed agency in January, and since then, the writing has been on the wall.
Make no mistake: this is bad news. And if Celtic show a need to sell, it’ll weaken the club’s negotiating position.