Peter Grant has stated that French U21 forward Odsonne Edouard should resist the temptation of a move to Monaco and stay at Celtic because he is already at the bigger club as reported by The Evening Times.
Edouard had a sensational international break scoring four goals in two games for the French U21 side, this has seen further rumours about his future at the Parkhead club. Edouard is not only Neil Lennon’s go to striker but is also seen by many as the number one forward in the country as demonstrated so graphically in The Daily Record’s poll.
Edouard has again been linked with Monaco, a club that had, according to some reports, agreed a deal to sign him only for the deal to fall through. Grant believes that such a move would be a step back and that it could only be the lifestyle on offer that could tempt him away from Paradise.
Grant claimed on the Ladbrokes Social Club: “If you’re wanting to go to Monaco, it’s for the lifestyle obviously. It’s not for playing, when you’re talking about football clubs. There’s no comparison.”
“That’s unfortunately the nature of the beast nowadays. I hope [Edouard] stays a lot longer, if you’re playing for Celtic Football Club there’s not a better place to play in terms of atmosphere and crowd when you’re doing well.”
There is no doubting that there are huge differences in culture between Monaco and Glasgow but what about on the field?
Monaco have qualified for the group stages of the Champions League every season since 2014/15 including appearances in both the quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively. During the same period Celtic have qualified for the group stages just twice. Celtic did, of course, win the European Cup in 1967 but are unlikely to do so again in the near future given Scottish and European football finances.
Parkhead’s capacity dwarfs that of the State Louis II by almost three times but is history and ground capacity enough to determine the size or appeal of a club? Monaco play in the PSG dominated Ligue 1 but it is still home to some of the world’s finest talents and finishing third last season was enough to guarantee group stage qualification into the Champions League. Celtic, and Scotland’s league winners, have to start in the first qualifying round – potentially six games just to make it to the group.
For Edouard there is also the issue that it is his homeland and he may see that he has a better chance of being picked for his national team if he is playing well in a higher rated league.
Had Grant made the claim about Callum McGregor being linked with a move to France he may have had a valid point, but for a French youth international with greater aspirations than the Scottish Premiership, he is unlikely to want to see his career out a Parkhead just because it is a club steeped in history.