Sporting director quickly quizzed on reported Celtic interest in attacker

By David Walton

June 19, 2022

Randers sporting director Soren Pedersen has been quick off the mark to cool reported interest from Celtic on striker Stephen Odey.

All Nigeria Soccer reported earlier today that the Hoops as well as rivals Rangers were pondering potential moves for the international striker. They also reported that an unnamed Belgian club had seen an offer of €3m [£2.6m] plus add-ons rejected for Odey.

The report believed that Danish Superliga side Randers were instead looking for €4m [£3.4m] for the Nigerian, who netted 13 goals for the senior side last season [Transfermarkt].

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However, Pedersen has hit back at those claims and refused to put a price-tag on the player’s head. When asked by Bold.dk as to whether Celtic or Rangers were interested, he’s quoted as saying the following:

“They are certainly not so concrete. That could easily happen [an offer from Celtic]. There are many clubs that have shown interest in him, because he is a good player. But there is nothing concrete from there.

“We’re happy with him and it’s not something where we’re saying he should be sold in this window. He has a great sporting value, so if we say yes to something, it must be both the right club and the right amount.”

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Odey joins the likes of Ryan Mmaee and Antoine Semenyo as centre-forwards who have been linked with the Hoops heading into and indeed during the summer transfer window.

We’ve already spoken about the need to bring a new centre-forward to the club. We were fortunate last season with how Kyogo and Giorgos Giakoumakis’ injury timelines landed. We could very easily have found ourselves facing a crisis at any other point. Thankfully, however, it didn’t come to that.

But it’s clear Celtic will be looking to cover all bases this summer. A third option gives the club a lot more flexibility tactically and will allow us to still be safe for options when it comes to injury concerns.

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Odey, meanwhile, certainly has some pedigree to his name. Having experienced top-flight football in Switzerland, Belgium, and now Denmark, he has plenty of experience for a 24 year old. Not to mention his time in France’s Ligue 2 with Amiens.

This year has been something of a breakthrough season for him in that it’s his first ever campaign with double-digits in terms of goals. That would perhaps raise an eyebrow for some supporters, but he certainly looks to have strong movement and good aerial ability.

We’ll see what happens with this one. But as of yet, there appear to be no offers on the table for Randers to even think about.

In other news, Celtic-linked Joseph Okumu explains exactly what he wants from summer move