Celtic have yet to make a decision on whether to halt Odsonne Edouard from going to the Olympics with France this summer.
The tournament in Japan could see Edouard miss the start of the Champions League qualifiers on July 20th. With the final due to take place on August 7th, Edouard could potentially miss the first three qualifying rounds if we make it.
Celtic have the power to halt Edouard from going to the Olympics. How the player would react to this, however, would be debatable. The Frenchman is highly likely to leave at some stage this summer regardless.
But Kennedy has confirmed that no decision has been made yet as he claimed talks will be held on the matter.
As quoted by the Herald, Kennedy said: “I don’t know what will happen yet.
“It’s something that I heard of recently and it will be a big call, something to be spoken about. There’s been no discussion because it’s all new, there’s no definitive answer on it yet.”
Celtic have major Champions League decision to make on Odsonne Edouard
What Celtic do here will be interesting. What the club has to judge is whether they believe the player will put in a shift for them regardless of both the fact he’s likely to leave and that he could be angered by not getting to go to the Olympics.
Of course, this is entirely Celtic’s call. The player is contracted to Parkhead, and the Champions League qualifiers represent our biggest games of the season. Having our top striker around, even if he has had a poor season, remains vital.
But it also remains to be seen whether we have our Edouard replacement in the door. If so, you could see why Celtic may think it’s better just to let him go away with France.
For now, however, you question what Celtic even have to lose. Outside of the prospect of the player downing tools, there would be very little that could come back to bite us by halting Edouard.
With a it of luck, it’s not a decision we’ll even have to make. Hopefully another club comes in and gives us the money we’re entitled to for his services. Getting that one done early on would let us know exactly where we stand. It would also allow us to bring in his replacement for the European games.
If that weren’t to happen, however, then Edouard may want to say goodbye to any Olympic hopes.