Neil Lennon’s Friday comments on the future of Odsonne Edouard have sent a positive message to potential suitors – that should apply to all of the club’s top stars.
The Northern Irishman kept things short and sweet as he answered a question from the media about Edouard head-on. No skirting around the issue, Lennon said what all Celtic fans wanted to hear.
He said: “I can’t stop teams coming in and making bids, but as far as I’m concerned Edouard is not for sale.” (STV)
Lennon’s message on Edouard is telling
While that message was firmly in response to a question about the French striking superstar, the likelihood is that the club’s stance applies to all of our top rated players.
The likes of Callum McGregor and Kristoffer Ajer have been linked with big money moves in the past and that interest is unlikely to subside in the coming months and years. The recent success of the side in Europe will have perked up many ears at the continent’s largest clubs – and bids are likely in January.
But that’s why Lennon’s message is so important. As he says, the club can’t stop others from making offers. That’s their prerogative. But what we can control is our own stance – and saying that none of our stars are for sale is a pretty strong one to take.
There’s simply too much on the line for us to start moving players on. Even in the event of any astronomical offers, we still have to consider the benefits of rejecting. The majority of our stars are unlikely to depreciate in value between January and the end of the season so there is little value in selling them early.
One or two high profile players may depart in the summer. And that’s fine. But the club’s stance on any January deals is particularly pleasing, and sets a really positive tone for what’s to come.