Celtic manager Neil Lennon has reiterated that striker Odsonne Edouard is not for sale but has admitted a contingency plan is in place in the event something outrageous happens, The Daily Record reports.
The manager provided a set of interesting comments in the wake of today’s win over Livingston, suggesting that the Bhoys have a number of striking targets lined up in the event a cash-rich club comes in with a massive offer for the French U21 sensation.
Edouard was only on the bench for today’s match against Livingston but Lennon insisted there was nothing untoward or in the offing when it comes to an exit.
As quoted by The Daily Record, he said: “He’s a great kid, his attitude has been absolutely fine. He is not causing any problems behind the scenes as far as I’m aware. He was honest enough to say he wasn’t fit enough to start and I have to take his word on that.
“Odsonne is not for sale. A lot of this is rumbling on behind the scene and it’s just speculation at the minute. The club will do what the club does best for the club and we’ll act accordingly if and when any scenario comes up like we always do.
“Of course, we have a contingency if something outrageous happened. We have a number of options but we don’t want that scenario to develop. I know there will be a lot of talk about Odsonne but he’ll be fit and ready for Thursday and we know what a top player he can be.”
Celtic have been caught flat-footed in the past when it comes to big outgoing transfers. Moussa Dembele left on short notice in 2018 and although we already had Edouard in the door, we didn’t really get round to signing a quality replacement that season.
If a late offer comes in for Edouard then we simply must move quickly and spend a fair chunk of the incoming fee on a man who can help fire us towards our ambitions this season.
This campaign is too important for anything else and it’s reassuring that there is a succession plan in place should the club receive an offer too good to refuse.
October 5th can’t come soon enough.