Hartson is right: Celtic star Odsonne Edouard is worth more than £18m

By Euan Davidson

June 8, 2021

John Hartson doesn’t often miss when he’s talking about Celtic, so his take on Odsonne Edouard is par for the course.

In fact, in his career, Hartson didn’t miss much either. A player of considerable talent, the Welshman was a key player in Scotland, England and for the Wales national team. With notable top-flight experience either side of Gretna Green, the man knows what he’s talking about when it comes to value, and scoring goals.

So, in his tweet about Odsonne Edouard potentially moving to Leicester City, he hit the mark once again. Hartson said:

At risk of personally turning 67 Hail Hail into the John Hartson fan club, there’s a running theme. We agreed that Eddie Howe could’ve convinced the big names at Celtic to stay, and we agree about this, too. Players based in Scotland are chronically undervalued.

Sadly, Celtic can only do so much about Odsonne Edouard

The situation being as it is, with Edouard only having one year remaining on his contract, makes this tricky. Add in the percentage of profit clause PSG have, and it gets tricker. However, “bad” season or not, the Frenchman was an absolutely inspired signing by Celtic, and we knew he’d move on eventually.

But just like Van Dijk, Forster and Tierney before him, there is a feeling we’re being ripped off. Or “screwed over”, to borrow the Welshman’s parlance. Almost every Celtic first-team player who’s been sold over recent years has at least doubled their value in another league. The Bhoys, who have developed these players, are paying the price for arbitrary evaluations of the Scottish game.

Odsonne Edouard: undoubtedly a top player for Celtic / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Leicester City are indeed getting a “damn good player” for just £18m. And while it’s £2m short of the nice, round £20m that most of us would’ve hoped for, you would imagine Celtic can negotiate their own clauses on the proviso that Edouard outgrows the Foxes. If he scores in the Premier League like he has done for us, that’s not unrealistic.

Whatever the case, it seems far worse players have been moved on for much, much more. Consider Danny Drinkwater’s move to Chelsea from Leicester City in 2017, for a relevant example [BBC].

The money on offer down south is crazy. But, once again, you get the sense that an English club are going to be heralded for their “shrewd” business in Scotland once more.

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