Former Celtic defender Mark Wilson thinks Neil Lennon’s dressing room would feel fine with Odsonne Edouard receiving a bumper new contract that makes him by far the highest earner at the club, The Scottish Sun report.
The manager has confirmed this week that the club want to sign him up to a new contract at least a year beyond his current deal, which expires in 2022.
Given his status at the club as a performer and an asset, that would likely make him the highest earner in Scottish football.
Wilson though doesn’t think that would cause any issues within the Celtic squad whatsoever, even if they are getting as little as a third of what the Frenchman rakes in.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, the regular Clyde 1 radio pundit, said: “If there’s a chance that they could persuade him with an extra few quid, I’m sure the Celtic fans would love to see that.
“I don’t think it would create problems in the dressing room either. The guys will appreciate his worth and know what he brings to the team.
“I’ve been in dressing rooms before where you know guys wouldn’t try a leg when your backs are against the wall and your defending for your lives, but you knew in a flash that they would win you the game at the other side.
“I certainly had no problem with those guys earning triple what I earned because I knew their value and their worth.”
It seems unlikely that in the midst of the ongoing public health crisis any new contracts are going to be handed out, of course. This will all be business to be completed well down the line when football returns.
Lennon has also spoken of the possibility of wage cuts within the playing squad from next month.
Nonetheless, tying Edouard down should be a key priority for the club when it’s appropriate to pursue.
It’s right to suggest that players in the dressing room would likely value him as much as supporters, his goal tally this season alone has made him a priceless figure at the club.
Here’s hoping to at least another year of witnessing his talents at Celtic Park.