Celtic have received a big boost in their attempt to keep wanted striker Odsonne Edouard this summer.
The Hoops forward has been linked with Parkhead’s exit door for a considerable period of time and its future remains particularly uncertain.
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Edward has held the attention of the English Premier League for over a year now.
Interest increased last summer, but his stay in Glasgow has come under serious threat in recent months.
West Ham wanted it in January while Leicester and Arsenal are now among the pioneers at that point in time.
That said, they’ve now received a boost in their attempt to keep him in Lennoxtown. Indeed, according to Anfield Central, he actually rejected a Liverpool contract.
Do you want to sell Edouard?
No, keep it!
Yes, get rid of it!
They would have paid a weekly salary of £ 60,000 in his own way, but he turned them down because he was not keen on playing second fiddle to their current options.
It’s the problem a number of teams might have this summer that now raises hopes for him to stay in Scotland.
A key figure
Edward has been a fantastic servant for Celtic over the years, but it’s hard to deny he hasn’t knocked down tools in recent months.
Heading into the Old Firm derby on Sunday, the Frenchman had scored only once in his last five league outings, with his overall contribution failing to set the world on fire.
He wasn’t running hard for the team and when he got goal positions he rejected the opportunities you will support him to finish with his eyes closed.
The Scottish Cup’s fourth round loss to Rangers was particularly bad. Edouard missed a simple chance on a matter of yards and then saw a penalty saved by Allan McGregor in the goal of the Gers.
That said, he’s still a devastating player, an individual capable of bringing the Bhoys to glory. He has scored 82 in 166 for Celtic and has 21 goals this season, by far the most people in the current squad.
Edouard also found his best last weekend. Although the Hoops were beaten 4-1 by their biggest rivals, the forward still made a lag.
He scored a well-timed header at the back post to equalize and was later described as “magical” by Ally McCoist on Sky Sports coverage of the game for snatching a long ball ahead of the sky with a fascinating touch.
In his day, Edouard can seem slow and disinterested. However, if he’s in good shape, he’s arguably the best player in the entire division.
Over the past two seasons, the forward has scored 38 Premiership goals, 14 more than Alfredo Morelos for example.
The fact that he turned down a contract with one of Europe’s biggest teams should leave Dermot Desmond and Dominic McKay thrilled; they just have to keep it.
AND in other news, less touches than Bain: the Celtic rat who lost 71% of the duels was “absolutely scratched” today …