There was one promising update from Neil Lennon today as he outlined the current state of play on Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard.
Odsonne has been at the centre of plenty of speculation this January. He’s been rumoured to be interesting the likes of West Ham and Arsenal, with talk of £35million valuations floating about [Daily Star].
Celtic have been struggling for goals this season. Yet, even though it’s widely accepted that Eddy is having a poor campaign, he’s still slotted home 12 goals so far [Transfermarkt].
And as we enter the final week of the January window, Lennon has confirmed that there is still no solid interest in the Frenchman.
As quoted by Sky Sports, the manager said: “We don’t want to sell him.
“There have been no bids for him, there’s been no speculation surrounding him. There’s been no interest in him at all, particularly in this window.”
A promising update from Lennon; Celtic will know all about it when he goes
Look I’m not one of these ones that can’t see past Edouard. I’m happy to acknowledge that he’s had a poor campaign and has generally been ineffective in matches he should be bossing it in.
But to actively want him to depart is, for me, going over the top. Why should we ever want our top stars to leave the club when we know the raw talent that they have? Especially Edouard.
When we play our final two derby matches against Rangers, Edouard is still the main game-changer. He’s still the player that gets opposition defences nervous. It shows too, even if his form has been off this season. He’s still capable of that moment like he provided against Hearts in the Scottish Cup final.
When Edouard goes, Celtic struggle for a focal point. As poor as he’s been, he still manages to hold the ball up extremely well. He’s still the player who can keep hold of things and win us free-kicks high up the pitch.
Nothing about Edouard should make us want him to leave this month. Not even the idea of raking in a few extra quid before his contract enters its final 12 months.
If we’re going to turn the atmosphere of the club around over the next few months, Eddy will be central to it. That, for me, will always be a positive.