Some Celtic fans want to see the club’s incredibly strong financial position be used to enable a new bumper contract for striker Odsonne Edouard.
Celtic announced a pre-tax profit of £24.4m for the final six months of 2019 on Friday evening, in a strong set of interim financial results.
Revenues increased for the period from £50m in 2018 to £53.3m, while the club ended the year with a massive £32.9m in the bank.
It’s incredibly positive news considering we missed out on Champions League group stage football and the riches on offer in that competition.
The sale of Kieran Tierney to Arsenal is specifically noted as being a key driver for the financial success.
Supporters are understandably happy that the club is in rude health, also currently sitting top of the Scottish Premiership, having won the League Cup and dominated a Europa League group.
For some though, the positive position is proof enough that the club should go all out to tie down Edouard to a new contract and keep him for at least one more season.
His contract expires in 2022, meaning this summer is likely to be the prime time to realise his value as an asset on the transfer market.
However, with Neil Lennon’s squad potentially going for ten-in-a-row next season and the finances of the club being what they are, there’s an argument we can afford to reward him with a huge contract and profit on his sale further down the line.
It should be noted that the financial position of the club is often better in the first half of the financial year than the latter half given the way income is generated but a big new contract for Edouard doesn’t seem completely unrealistic.
These fans have taken to Twitter over the last 48 hours to share their thoughts on the issue…
If eddy would stay for one more year for a certain wage we should pay that for the year he’d leave a legend helping us get 10 board would save a crap load on a replacement he’s still going to go to the top if he stays another year.
— pauly🤝 (@deeznads789) February 7, 2020
Give it all to Edouard. Like every penny
— Paul (@P__67) February 7, 2020
Give Odsonne 60k per week to stay for 10 then punt him to highest bidder after that.If he continues progressing the way he is we could command £45million easy
— Chris Conway (@chrisconway1382) February 7, 2020
Give eddy a lifetime contract with that money
— yoda the tim (@yoda_the_tim) February 7, 2020
Edouard 3 year contract extension @ £50k pw please
— ℝ𝕚𝕒𝕚𝕟 𝕄𝕔ℂ𝕠𝕟𝕟𝕖𝕝𝕝 (@riainsupertramp) February 7, 2020
We are minted so no excuses sign Forster and give Eddy whatever it takes for one more season HH
— Celtic Gossip (@CelticGossip) February 7, 2020
Give Edouard the £45m that’s in the bank.
— Chairman Lmao ☭ (@BenTheTim) February 7, 2020
Edouard bumper new contract thanks
— Stacey Devlin (@StaceyDevlinxxx) February 7, 2020