Let’s face it. Everyone knows Odsonne Edouard will leave Celtic, the issue is not if, but when. And his future could be decided this week itself.
The league title is not all over whatever the result at Ibrox, but any loss for Celtic would be very significant and make 10IAR very, very difficult to achieve. The manner of the result will likely also trigger some hope or despair for the Hoops fans.
Will a poor result also trigger the board into action in the transfer window, with a sale of Edouard to raise funds being foremost on their minds? Or perhaps if not actively sought, the board may well be less inclined to fend away offers and resist bids, at the right price of course. On the other hand, if there is still hope after a decent result then they might decide that holding onto the Frenchman is worth the risk it comes with.
There are again signs of interest, despite a low key Edouard in many recent games. The player has remained consistently strong in his French under-21 matches and has started to show more up front for Celtic as well.
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It’s maybe taken time to shake off injuries, the virus and to get some rhythm back into his interplay with a struggling set of players around him. The signs are that he’s returning to form. His penalty at Hampden Park showed confidence rather than disrespect and his performance at Hamilton was one of his best this season. If his lesser performances may have seen a dip in his value, a decent run of from and goals may well boost it again.
Inevitably the imminent winter transfer window will trigger rumours of potential bids and interest. Early signs of interest from Italy could be significant. Those are big clubs which would very likely be of more interest to the player rather than struggling English Premier League outfits, who have been mentioned in the past.
Saturday’s match at Ibrox is lining up to be a huge game on so many fronts. If an on-form Odsonne Edouard shows up as he has in the past against the Rangers on so many occasions, it could be very significant for his Parkhead future and possibly mean we see more of him in the Hoops over the remainder of the season.