The dream scenario for Odsonne Edouard at Celtic this season was clear.
The plan was for him to lead us to a tenth title in-a-row, before saying goodbye and moving on to pastures new.
He would leave a hero. A Celtic icon. A man with a brilliant legacy.
Sadly, that very legacy is in a bit of danger at the moment. And he’s doing nothing to help it.
The Frenchman was always likely to attract attention when not playing at his top level. His languid playing style makes the game look effortless when he’s on form.
When he’s not, and things aren’t going his way, he looks lazy and disinterested.
Edouard’s goal return has been pitiful
The 22-year-old has scored six goals in 13 games this season. When you consider that four of those came in our first three games – at home to Hamilton Accies and KR Reykjavik – it doesn’t paint a pretty picture.
A penalty against Ross County and a tap in against Sarajevo. Not great for our talisman.
Edouard has not been short of problems this season. He’s had to contend with testing positive for COVID-19, a horrible virus that has claimed so many lives.
He’s also had to deal with speculation over his future. For that, I am less understanding.
At present, Eddy looks greedy. His growing habit of wanting to beat three opposition players every time he gets the ball is extremely frustrating.
Stick to what you’re good at. You’re not a winger.
Is he no longer turned on by Celtic? By Europa League football? Is it the boss who he has no respect for? Or is he missing the fans?
Sadly, for us, none of those four factors look like changing anytime soon – so he has to get out of his huff and on with doing what he does best.
Otherwise, he will not leave a Celtic legend. Far from it. He will probably get his next move regardless, as he has shown his immense quality for both us and the French under-21 team in recent times.
But if he wants to be remembered fondly at Celtic, things must take a very different path from now on.
Patience is running thin. And when that’s the case with a top talent like Edouard, you know things must be bad.