Ex-Celtic scout Andy Ritchie believes Odsonne Edouard will stay at Parkhead this season
Super scout Andy Ritchie believes that Celtic are in for a big boost at the end of the transfer window – and that’s Odsonne Edouard still being a Celtic player.
Unsurprisingly, the Frenchman has been the subject of heavy interest over the summer (Scottish Sun). With just two years remaining on his contract, ordinarily now would be the ideal time to sell in order to retrieve maximum value.
However, with 10-in-a-row on the line this term, there’s a bursting feeling amongst the support that losing him this summer would be to shoot ourselves in the foot – regardless of the fact we signed Albian Ajeti over the summer.
But Ritchie, a former Celtic player and Chief Scout, believes that the Frenchman will see things through at Parkhead for one more year.
As quoted by the Daily Record, Ritchie said: “For the supporters and the club, this would not be the right time for Odsonne Edouard to be leaving. He went to France and played a couple of games, then was unavailable. That could suggest, for lack of a better phrase, he is working his ticket.
“But I don’t think you could honestly put your hand on your heart and say that’s what he’s doing. If Edouard’s had some turmoil with speculation or something has rung his chime, financially or in football terms, he’s only a young fella and it’s difficult when that goes on.
“I think he’ll stay. I’m quite prepared to give Odsonne Edouard the benefit of the doubt. Form is temporary, you can’t work when injured and I think he’ll be there for the season.”
No signs of that essential contract extension
Whilst we all want to keep Edouard for as long as possible, a big part of our chances in doing so may come down to that contract extension we need him to pen.
If we’re going to get one more year out of the Frenchman, we could do with his contract being extended to the summer of 2023. That would mean that we could have him for the 10-in-a-row season whilst still potentially getting top value for him next summer.
As things stand, Edouard has had a poor start to the season. Be it speculation or just poor form, he isn’t playing to the standard we all know he can produce. However, that could put clubs off paying top dollar for him, especially considering we’re still in a pandemic that has been financially crippling for many clubs.
So if you’re talking about selling Edouard for the £20m-£25m mark, then it would surely be worth keeping him for another year in order to secure the 10. That means more to the supporters than another big-money player sale.
But time will tell. There’s now only five days remaining until the end of the transfer window, meaning Celtic don’t have long before a decision needs to made on Edouard.
Ritchie, who brought the likes of Pierre van Hooijdonk and Jorge Cadete to Parkhead, believes the big man is going nowhere. That’s a stance we could all get behind.