Neil Lennon has hit back at suggestions Odsonne Edouard is distracted by a potential exit from Celtic, The Scotsman reports.
As we discussed through the week, Herald pundit Duncan Shearer reckoned that the Frenchman could be eyeing a transfer move elsewhere after perceiving that the striker’s body language during the Ross County win was lacklustre.
However, the Celtic manager was quick to refute that in his pre-match press conference.
Lennon told The Scotsman: “He’s fine.
“Odsonne is a 22-year-old player and sometimes we expect a lot of him because he’s a mercurial talent.
“I don’t think he’s playing badly, probably not at the level he was when we came to the lockdown, but I’m pretty confident that will come.”
It’s important to remember that Edouard has already scored five goals and assisted another in six appearances at the start of the season, as well as netting two on France U21 duty.
Questioning the player right now is, for me, rather absurd. If he wasn’t happy, I don’t think we’d be seeing that kind of output.
The youngster has always come across as nothing but professional and it’s very doubtful he’s in a sulk about an exit, as we’ve seen elsewhere in the city over the last few months.
He is Celtic’s best player but can’t be expected to turn on the magic for every minute of every game.
No doubt he’ll be weighing in with important goals right up to the moment his Celtic career is over.
That’s not to say I’m completely relaxed about him staying this season. There’s still time for a club to come in with a mega bid and pry him away from the champions.
With just two years left on his contract, the decision-makers at Celtic Park would be in a difficult position should that occur.
However, I have absolutely no concern about the player performing for us in the meantime.