Celtic manager Neil Lennon wants to tie Odsonne Edouard down to a one-year extension beyond his current contract at the Hoops, he said in an interview with BBC Radio Five Live.

Edouard has been consistently linked with a move away from the Hoops.

There have even been reports today that Newcastle are prioritising a pursuit of the player this summer after recent video meetings amongst staff at the Magpies (Daily Star).

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Lennon admits the view of the upcoming transfer window is a shifting scene due to the ongoing public health crisis, but does still want one of the club’s prized assets to stay for a bit longer.

Speaking to the BBC, the Celtic Park boss said: “The landscape has changed from where we were a month ago to now. There’s no doubt about that.

“It’s uncertain. Ideally you would like to keep your prized assets for at least another year anyway. If the market galvanises itself again, you could look at it then.

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“There’s no question there’s going to be interest in him. But, ideally, we’d like to tie him down to another year on top of what he has already and keep him here.”

With his current four-year contract set to expire in 2022, that new deal Lennon references means that the club wants Edouard to commit to a 2023 date.

That would give everyone real breathing room when it comes to selling the player, with no guarantees that any cash-rich clubs are looking to spend big money in the upcoming window.

Odsonne Edouard celebrates a Celtic goal

Odsonne Edouard celebrates a Celtic goal / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It would, of course, also appease Celtic supporters that are desperate for the talisman forward to remain in Glasgow for at least another season.

There are many other urgent priorities at the Hoops and in wider society right now that the extension of contracts, but hopefully Lennon’s wish becomes reality in 2020.

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