French U21s head coach praises Celtic's development of Odsonne Edouard; highlights benefit of stay
French U21s head coach Sylvain Ripoll has praised Celtic’s development of Odsonne Edouard and has highlighted why it might be a benefit for him to stay in Scotland, The Glasgow Times reports.
Edouard has been linked with a move away from the Bhoys on a consistent basis after emerging as one of the hottest young strikers in Europe for both club and country.
Starring in the Europa League, destroying competition in Scotland and banging in goals for the France U21 side, Edouard has been firing on all fronts for quite a while now.
Ripoll, who has been helping the 22-year-old make a push towards the senior France team, can’t help but be impressed and reckons our involvement in UEFA competition could help keep him at the club for longer.
As quoted by The Glasgow Times, he said: “As I said before, it may be a step to cross in his career [to go to a bigger league], but Celtic offers him a lot of positive things and allows him to compete on the European stage.
“Celtic put him in the best conditions by trusting him and giving him responsibilities. The first year behind Moussa Dembélé helped him to get his bearings and to adapt to his new environment. Then he became integral and unquestionable in the Celtic’s attack.
“I didn’t really expect him to go on and become the player he has, even if we all knew his qualities. But I have to admit that I did not expect him to be reaching this level so quickly because his loan in Toulouse FC wasn’t really a success.”
Despite near-constant headlines of English interest in the forward, there has been no real indication he is on his way out of Celtic Park.
With the club on the quest for ten-in-a-row, it would be a deeply unpopular move amongst fans if the decision-makers at Paradise went on to sell our star player, regardless of the money on offer.
As Ripoll indicates, our relationship with Edouard has been incredibly beneficial for both parties and there’s plenty of progress to make yet.
If we can reach the group stages of the Champions League this term he’ll have the platform to make six starts in the biggest club tournament around, while helping Celtic attempt to make history domestically too.
One more season, with success, would ensure he is forever a Celtic legend and set him up very nicely for a massive career elsewhere.