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Celtic: Albian Ajeti should be licking his lips at Edouard news

This summer will witness a considerable period of change at Celtic. No longer is Neil Lennon in the hot seat and we could see a number of first-team players leave the Bhoys.

Parkhead will, however, welcome a new manager, director of football and CEO.

What’s the word?

The chief priority for any new figurehead coming into the club should be the future of Odsonne Edouard.

The Frenchman has been linked with the exit door for a considerable period of time but after a season where Celtic failed to win the Premiership, he may see this as the ideal time to leave.

West Ham were interested in his services a few months ago but now it’s Leicester and Arsenal who are at the front of the queue to sign the striker.

The Telegraph report this week that Leicester are the favourites for Edouard’s signature but the Gunners are trying to convince him to come to London instead.

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Journalist Sam Dean suggests that a fee in the region of £15m-£20m should be enough to lure him away from Paradise.

Ajeti licking his lips

The news that Edouard could finally leave Celtic is unlikely to go down too well with the club’s supporters.

He is their top scorer on 20 goals this term and has been one of a few shining lights from a torrid season.

However, one player who may well be delighted is Albian Ajeti. The Swiss striker signed for £5m from West Ham United last summer but has done very little to justify that fee.

The forward has scored only six times since penning terms and has just one goal since September.

That horrible run of form has led to Ajeti being dubbed “anonymous” by former Scotland defender Alan Hutton.

That rather sums up his stay in Glasgow so far. When he’s been picked, he’s very rarely delivered. He scored a sumptuous goal against St Mirren back in February but has only received 22 minutes of action since John Kennedy became interim manager.

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Clearly not in the plans of their temporary boss, he could be revived under a new manager and with Edouard’s departure.

It is impossible to usurp the powerful attacker in Celtic’s starting XI but with him out the way, it would open up the floor for another of the club’s strikers to become the leading man.

With just three strikes this term, it feels unlikely it’ll be handed to Patryk Klimala while Leigh Griffiths has been tipped to leave too.

Thus, Ajeti should be best placed to take on the mantle and become their main centre-forward.

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