Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard is entirely focused on performing well for the champions this season despite heavy speculation that others are interested in his services.

Clubs such as Arsenal and Leicester City have been linked with the player over the last few months following his brilliant form for the Scottish champions and French U21s side (Goal.com).

In a new exclusive interview with club outlet The Celtic View, however, the Frenchman has spoken passionately about his targets this season, one of which is improving on his 28-goal tally of last term.

He told the in-house magazine (12/08 print edition, page 11): “Last season, I scored 28 goals. I was disappointed because I was hoping to get over 30, but it wasn’t to be.

“It’s normal for me to want to score goals, I’m a striker, but sometimes you adjust that number as you go.

“Last season I was pleased with what I got, but I think I could have scored more if the season had continued as normal.

 

“I’ll keep my targets for this year to myself, but I would like to score more goals than last season if I can.”

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Odsonne Edouard scores for Celtic against Hamilton

Odsonne Edouard scores for Celtic against Hamilton / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The 22-year-old is off to a flier this season having netted a hat-trick in the opening league game at home to Hamilton Academical.

Despite a quiet showing against Kilmarnock at the weekend, he’ll be ready to go for our European qualifier next week against Reykjavik before a return to league action at Tannadice a week on Saturday.

Improving on 28 goals is an ambitious target but entirely achievable if he can maintain fitness and consistency, as he has over the last 12 months.

If he can deliver that kind of output between now and May, Celtic could be unstoppable on the way to ten-in-a-row.

Keeping him is vital to those ambitions.

In other news, there’s exciting footage of Mohamed Elyounoussi and Albian Ajeti combining at Basel as the latter finalises a move to Celtic.

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