Stephen Odey comments on reported Celtic interest

By Lewis Laird

July 4, 2022

Randers FC striker Stephen Odey has revealed he would be open to a move to Celtic this summer after reported early interest from Ange Postecoglou’s side.

The 24-year-old has experience of playing in Nigeria, Belgium, France and is currently playing his football in Denmark with Randers FC.

Having originally made the loan move to Scandinavia last season from Genk, Randers quickly snapped up the Nigerian internationalist on a permanent deal.

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The striker also appears to have impressed several clubs during that temporary spell in 2021/22, including Ange Postecoglou and Celtic.

According to reports from allnigeriasoccer.com earlier this summer, the Hoops had enquired about Odey’s availability in order to discover the asking price for the frontman.

Whilst no official bid had been placed, Randers sporting director Soren Pedersen was quick to comment on the supposed interest.

Odey himself has become the latest player to be quizzed on the interest of both Celtic and Glasgow rivals Rangers, revealing he would be open to a move.

However, the striker also stated that he is happy at his current side and wouldn’t let the interest disturb his progress.

He said [Randers Amtsavis]: “These are big clubs, and obviously, it’s something that I want to be open to. But I’m at Randers FC, and right now, that’s all that matters. As long as I haven’t been presented with anything concrete, as I said, I won’t let myself be disturbed by it.

Odey continued, saying: “If the right club comes, Randers FC has no option but to let me go. But I am happy to be at Randers FC, and it does not change because there are some rumours about other clubs. For me, it’s about preparing for the new season with the team I’m a part of.”

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Will Ange Postecoglou remain on the hunt for a new striker?

During the opening few weeks of the window, there have been several suggestions that Ange Postecoglou is on the lookout for a new striker to add to his squad.

The Hoops have also been linked to a number of different options, including Odey.

Some Celtic fans would likely argue that position isn’t a priority due to the brilliant form of Kyogo Furuhashi and Giorgos Giakoumakis last season.

However, both players suffered from injury issues that made them miss out on extended periods during the double-winning campaign.

So, it will be intriguing to see whether the Celtic manager continues his chase of a new striker or whether he chooses to prioritise other areas of the park, such as central midfielder or part of his back four.

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