Celtic are stumbling their way through the 2020/21 season and continue to be dealt blow after blow. Their current run in the Europa League has left a lot to be desired and Rangers have established a strong lead over their arch rivals in the Premiership.
Individuals have also let Neil Lennon down over the course of the campaign so far. Mohamed Elyounoussi in particular cast himself a negative light after being pictured on his phone during the Sparta Prague match midweek.
But when it comes to forwards, others have also been disappointing. Odsonne Edouard recently returned from his self-isolation period and is yet to make an impact on the team.
Whilst this run of poor form is more than certainly a blip on the radar, there’s a bigger picture that Celtic must look at. There’s a high chance that they could lose the Premiership this season and their torrid run of form in Europe hints that they won’t make it far there either.
With clubs including Arsenal circling Edouard, it’s likely he will be looking to leave the club whether they salvage the season or not. His unstoppable form last campaign saw the Frenchman tally up an astonishing 21 goals and 12 assists in 27 league appearances (via Transfermarkt). Lennon is a huge fan of his too, naturally. The manager recently branded Edouard a “special talent” after he bagged a hat-trick against Hamilton in August.
Edouard is undeniably one of the best strikers in the Scottish league, but with a great label comes great risk of other clubs swooping in. Summer talks over the 22-year-old saw the Hoops slap a hefty £40million price tag on him to scare interested parties away. However, Premier League sides will have no issues paying that next summer once the financial climate is a bit more stable. Edouard currently earns £19,000 per week in Scotland, which elite level clubs will be able to double with ease.
Should a club meet the £40m asking price, it will line Celtic’s pockets with funds to kit out their troublesome squad. All areas of Lennon’s team are currently facing problems and Edouard’s transfer fee would do wonders for upgrading subpar players. It will be a huge blow for the Hoops to lose their top scorer, but when needs must, they may just have to bite the bullet and shake on a bittersweet deal, especially considering they already have an able replacement in Leigh Griffiths.