Celtic manager Neil Lennon has moved to ease any fears regarding Odsonne Edouard’s future at the club.
Reports emerged last week from France that AS Monaco had approached the Hoops for their talented Frenchman (Get French Football News). The Daily Record, however, were quick to pour cold water over it by claiming that an approach for Edouard was well wide of the mark.
Regardless, it was a stark reminder of the battle we face in trying to hold onto Eddy when teams do come knocking. With the tightness of the title-race this season too, it’s fair to say that holding onto our 19-goal forward is essential (Transfermarkt).
But speaking in the Scottish Sun, Lennon wasn’t even open to the possibility of Edouard leaving in the next 48 hours.
“Edouard won’t be going anywhere, there is no chance of that. He is too good a player and you could see the impact he made last weekend.
“He doesn’t get affected by anything – he is quiet and has a cool streak.”
Celtic look like keeping hold of all of our best players
Hanging onto our key stars was almost as important as strengthening in this window. If we were to have lost the likes of Edouard, Ryan Christie, Callum McGregor, or Kristoffer Ajer, then it would’ve been a real struggle trying to replace them with similar quality.
Celtic, at the end of the day, look like they’ve managed to hold on to everyone they would’ve wanted to. Granted, this is likely down to the fact we’ve had no reported offers either.
The whole Edouard-Monaco affair was a tad worrying. Yet, keeping a hold of our players in January has always been one of our main strengths. Celtic have seldom sold their key talents in mid-season over recent years.
The transfers of talent such as Victor Wanyama, Fraser Forster, Virgil van Dijk, Gary Hooper, and Moussa Dembele have all come during summer windows. That’s given us a chance to be prepared for their departures.
Celtic will want to do the same with Edouard. He can’t be sold when we’ve yet to identify his replacement. Whether that turns out to be Patryk Klimala remains to be seen.
In any case, it’s positive to see Lennon come out with this. It makes it extremely difficult for the board to even contemplate his departure. Holding onto Edouard is key for us, and it looks like we’re going to.