Our View: Celtic moves suggest club is preparing for eventual Edouard exit

By John Reid

January 12, 2020

Some recent moves by Celtic seem to be suggesting that the club is preparing for the eventual departure of Odsonne Edouard.

That is the sensible thing for the club to do. The reason for that – it is unlikely that Edouard’s long-term future will be at Celtic. He is a player in demand. It was recently reported by the Daily Record that Leicester City are set to offer the Hoops £30 million for the player in the summer.

Obviously it will be a blow to the Hoops if Edouard leaves this summer. He has been brilliant since joining the Hoops, firstly on-loan from PSG, in 2017. However, it could be argued that he was bought as Moussa Dembele’s replacement at the Hoops.

Logic behind what Hoops are doing

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Edouard didn’t become Celtic’s first-choice forward until Dembele joined Lyon. Therefore, there is logic behind what Celtic are doing.

Neil Lennon perhaps give an indication of this when he recently suggested that the Hoops could sign two strikers in the January window.

There is also the recent Daily Record report which revealed that the Hoops were set to begin talks with Stoke City’s Tyrese Campbell to sign him on a pre-contract agreement.

Strikers linked to club could be potential replacement

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What really seems to signal Celtic’s plan though, is the number of young strikers they have been linked with this month. Patryk Klimala, Andraz Sporar or Tino Kadewere could all be potential Edouard replacements.

The ideal scenario is that Edouard stays to help the Hoops win nine then 10 in a row. The two strikers that come in get to play and train with Edouard. Similar to how Edouard trained and played with Moussa Dembele for a year before he left the Hoops.

However, that might not happen. Should Edouard depart Celtic in the summer, the Hoops should still sign two forwards anyway. It would be a good example of forward planning, no matter how much Edouard’s exit would hurt.