Destined for Celtic magic: UEFA post class old footage of a teenage Odsonne Edouard

By John McGinley

May 17, 2021

UEFA have posted old highlights of Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard in action for the French U17 side, way back in 2015.

Edouard was a fresh-faced teenager back then, still at Paris Saint-Germain and making his way through their youth sides.

Yet his reputation was already growing on the international scene even then.

Edouard was in unbelievable form for his country during the U17 European Championships in May of that year, scoring in every round and powering France to a tournament win.

One of his best efforts came against Italy in the quarter-finals of the competition. He netted a glorious backheeled goal against Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.

UEFA posted the footage this week on Twitter, which you can see below.

Edouard scored eight goals in total including a hat-trick in the final against Germany.

It was the first real sign that he had significant potential. The striker would later secure a loan move to Toulouse before turning up at Celtic to replace his friend and compatriot Moussa Dembele.

He’s now scored 83 goals in 168 appearances for the club, also contributing 37 assists. Winning a host of trophies along the way, he’s marked himself as one of the most talented players to pass through our gates in a generation.

Odsonne Edouard in action for Celtic / (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

Now 23, he may be on the brink of a big-money move away from Glasgow.

In fact, he may well have played his last game for the club.

What a talent. He will be missed.

In other news, how Ivan Toney could do Celtic a big favour tonight.