Neil Lennon has come out to squash the transfer exit rumours that have continued to surround the Celtic star throughout the course of the summer.
This is perhaps the most important season in the history of Celtic Football Club. They have the chance to win a 10th straight Scottish league title, something that has never been achieved in history. The club hierarchy will know how much 10IAR means to the fans and as a result, they are expected to put out the strongest team possible on the pitch this time around.
The global pandemic certainly has had an impact on clubs around the planet but it has not managed to stop Celtic from doing some impressive business. They have signed Vasilis Barkas, Albian Ajeti and David Turnbull while also extending the loan deal of Mohamed Elyounoussi and bringing Shane Duffy on a season-long loan as well.
There is no denying though that Celtic are a selling club at the moment. Every season there is some high profile exit or the other. And many have feared that that will be the case this time around as well with Odsonne Edouard leaving a real possibility.
The Frenchman has been absolutely brilliant for both Celtic and the French under-21 team and it is no surprise that club’s around Europe want him as a result. It does look like though that the Hoops are not keen on letting him go anytime soon.
Every time he does not feature in the team, the rumours intensify. But while speaking with Daily Record, the Celtic manager explained his absence against Livingston and why it had nothing to do with him leaving the club:
“We do not want to sell. We have had no bids or confirmed interest in him.
“I am hoping that by the end of the window he will still be a Celtic player.
“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.”
While he has not completely squashed the possibility of Edouard leaving, it does appear that the recent rumours surrounding bids and approaches are false. And while if a huge offer comes in he might be allowed to leave, that is unlikely considering not a lot of clubs will have too much money available to them in the midst of a global pandemic.