The Daily Record has reported that Celtic have dismissed any chance of Odsonne Edouard leaving in January.
The Record reports that AC Milan are keen on Eddy after his strike at the San Siro last month. He’s said to be on a three-man shortlist alongside Real Madrid’s Luca Jovic and Genoa’s Gianluca Scamacca respectively.
However, Celtic aren’t interested in doing a deal in January due to Edouard’s importance to the 10.
The source states that the Hoops have held talks with Edouard’s agent. There’s an agreement there for the Frenchman to be sold before his contract expires in the summer of 2022.
Yet the Record believes Celtic are still looking to bank over £30million for their prized asset. That could be tricky with the player entering the final 12 months of his contract in the summer.
Celtic need Edouard, regardless of his current form
What’s been clear this season is just how important Edouard actually is to Celtic. Ironically it’s come during a campaign in which his performances haven’t been up to scratch. We’ve seen just how much we rely on him being at his peak level.
With Neil Lennon clearly looking to reignite the Edouard-Leigh Griffiths partnership, keeping him is even more of a necessity. If this duo click again like they did at the start of 2020, it shouldn’t be broken up. Not for a few extra million.
It’s terrific to see that the Celtic board appears to recognise this. They seem to understand that the 10 isn’t just a season of work. This is 10 years poured into one season and it can’t be sold for any fee.
Of course nothing would surprise you with Celtic. The proof will be in the pudding come January when the cold hard cash offers come in for the Frenchman. Only then will we see what dedication we have to the 10.
But there’s also a sense of the club not daring to sell our star-man. Given relationships between the fans and the club is as low as it’s been in a long time, some fan-pleasing decisions are essential next month. Keeping Edouard would certainly be one of them.
With a massive six months coming up for the club, keeping our stars is a priority this January. It’s time for the Celtic board to back up their reported stances with decisive action.