Chris Sutton has taken Ally McCoist’s rumour-mongering about Odsonne Edouard and Celtic to task on BT Sport’s Scottish Football Extra programme this weekend.
The show has become a Friday night staple in Scotland, regularly previewing the weekend’s action in the Premiership.
The form of Edouard was one of the big topics this week after he burst back into scoring form for the French U21s side during the international break.
He’s now scored a remarkable 15 goals for the U21 outfit, surpassing Moussa Dembele’s total and drawing level on the country’s all-time list.
However, the 22-year-old hasn’t netted for Celtic since October 1st.
There are good reasons for that, specifically his COVID-19 diagnosis, but there is no doubt we need him to improve and show more consistency.
Sutton has called on him to ignite his season during the upcoming block of fixtures, but McCoist reckons there could be a transfer reason behind his poor form this term.
The former Rangers man told Scottish Football Extra: “Unless of course Chris, and I’m maybe just being a bit cynical, unless of course somebody has had a chat with him and his agent and perhaps that move might be someway down the line in the future already organised.”
McCoist’s pundit colleague immediately took this unknown bid from an unknown club to task, enquiring what the fee would be and laughing at the ex-Ibrox boss for subsequently rowing back his comments and giving a mealy-mouthed explanation.
Sutton said: “This is you in reverse! You just suggested Odsonne Edouard had a deal to move on from the club and now you want to move on to another area! Come on! Well I don’t think it necessarily looks like he wants away. He has to improve, and I think he knows that.”
Despite his difficulties, Edouard has still managed to net six goals in 13 appearances this term, also contributing two assists.
We all know he’s not at his best, but with the transfer window shut and a busy schedule ahead, he’ll have plenty of opportunities to play himself into form.
It’s silly to write him off, or suggest he’s already agreed to a move elsewhere. There’s no evidence of that. He hasn’t downed tools.
It’s easy to attribute dramatic reasons for a drop off in performances, but the likelihood is we’ll see the French striker playing well again this season.