Odsonne Edouard Olympic status should dictate Celtic striker hunt

By Hamish Carton

December 24, 2019

Celtic’s need to recruit another top striker this January may be strengthened by the likelihood that Odsonne Edouard won’t be around for several European qualifiers.

The former PSG man looks increasingly likely to be taking part in next summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo with his country France. The French under-23s have already secured their place at the 16 team men’s football event and many would expect prolific frontman Edouard to be leading their line given his form with the 21s.

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Given that the tournament’s final isn’t until August 8th, and France are seen as one of the strongest sides, Edouard could be ruled out for as many as five European qualifiers at the start of the season.

Our other current striking options – namely Leigh Griffiths and Vakoun Bayo – look far from ready to lead the line in crucial qualifiers. So the club must buy an insurance policy this January.

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Edouard’s successor must be signed soon

It does look like Neil Lennon recognises the need for striking reinforcements next month. Earlier today, he reiterated that we were looking at Slovan Bratislava forward Andraz Sporar as an option.

 

“There were talks I believe yesterday,” he said, as reported by the BBC.

“He’s one of a number of options we are talking to at the minute. There’s no further progress on that one.”

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The need to get another striker in next month seems pretty critical, and Edouard’s situation will only add to that. There is probably a fair chance that the Frenchman could depart the club for good at the end of the season so we could really do with getting another man in for the last six months of the campaign to get him up to speed.

The transition from Moussa Dembele was pretty seamless. We need to try and continue the conveyor belt when Edouard moves on. If it’s not Sporar then it has to be someone else. And it feels like it has to be in January.