Report: Celtic hold urgent talks with government regarding Odsonne Edouard
A report in the Daily Record has shed light on when Odsonne Edouard may have picked up Covid, as the Hoops were said to have held talks with the Scottish Government.
The Record reports that Celtic believe their talisman contracted the virus on his journey to the France HQ at Clarefontaine. This would mean that there is no urgent danger to the rest of the Parkhead squad.
The newspaper also states that Celtic were locked in talks with government officials yesterday to find out what this means for his availability against Rangers in two weeks. Celtic are reportedly looking to find out whether he needs to go into a two-week quarantine in his homeland before returning.
Edouard played the majority of the club’s 2-0 win at St Johnstone on Sunday. However, given clubs test players in Scotland twice per week, the Frenchman would’ve tested negative as recently as the end of last week.
Celtic sent out a tweet last night confirming that no other player in their first-team squad had contracted the virus despite Edouard’s positive test.
Time to rule him out for the derby?
Celtic are obviously going to give Edouard every chance to be fit for the Rangers game. Given he’s the club’s biggest asset and has a track record of producing in these games, you can understand it.
However, it’s important to remember that so long as Edouard has the virus and is in an isolation period, he won’t be able to train. The striker will have to ensure he doesn’t come into contact with anyone else during any isolation period, which doesn’t do his preparation for the Rangers game any good.
Should he have to quarantine for 14 days then he’ll automatically miss the game. But even if it’s a week to 10 days, it hardly gives him much time to get back into the swing of things before the derby.
Edouard looked highly likely to feature for the France under-21s in their upcoming double-header against Lichtenstein and Slovakia respectively. Missing that opportunity will undoubtedly frustrate the former PSG man.
But all eyes from a Celtic perspective is on the derby in just under two weeks. Even though we have alternative options, it’s important not to underestimate just how big a blow it would be to lose Eddy.
It’s going to be a nervy wait as we await clarification.