Former Celtic striker Charlie Nicholas has encouraged the club to renew Odsonne Edouard’s contract.
The Frenchman has been in irresistible form as of late. Since returning from the winter break, Edouard has smashed home a fine seven goals. It’s his form in particular that has helped Celtic race away from Rangers into a seven-point advantage at the top of the Premiership.
His current contract at Parkhead runs until the summer of 2022 (Transfermarkt). Nicholas, however, believes that Celtic should be doing what they can to reward him for his fine form.
Speaking in his Daily Express column (11/02, page 55), the Sky Sports pundit stated that Celtic don’t even need to extend the length of the contract either.
“If I was Celtic I would be looking to add to that feel-good factor by giving him a new contract. Reward him for what he is doing. You don’t even have to extend the length of his contract but put him up there as the top earner.
“Why not? It is not going to kill Celtic. They posted good financial figures, so why not use some of that money to strengthen their title bid? Topping Edouard up would fire him up and put Celtic in an even better position.
“Edouard is your player. Offering him a new deal would make him feel even more valued and special. It would also show a bit of loyalty from Celtic and it might also work in their favour in the long run when Edouard considers his own future.”
New contract would be incredible, but length must be extended
Celtic clearly have money to burn if the latest interim results are taken into account (CelticFC.net). There really isn’t any reason not to ask the question of Edouard and see if he does want to sign on.
However, where Nicholas is wrong here is in saying that we should still do a deal if his contract isn’t extended. Celtic, at the end of the day, are a business and not a charity. Edouard will be on a fine wage as it is.
You also can’t use motivation as a reason to bulk up his wage for no extended commitment. He’s already clearly inspired at the moment with his seven-goal haul since the winter break. The idea of him signing a new contract and then performing better because of it seems a tad hopeful.
Of course, that’s not to say Edouard doesn’t deserve a nice raise. Of course he does – he’s our talisman after all. But any increase in wages must also come with a revised contract length. If his deal is up in the summer of 2022, any deal should at the latest have him sealed until 12 months later.
Celtic have already shown loyalty to Edouard by splashing out £9million for his services and making him our first-choice striker (Sky Sports). Getting him tied down to a new deal would be terrific, but it also must provide the club with some security too.