In Focus: Edouard’s Celtic progress isn’t worth breaking club record for

As reported by The Daily Mail, Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has opened up on the prospect of permanently signing striker Odsonne Edouard when his loan deal at the club expires.

What’s the story?

The paper report that the Hoops have option to buy the Paris Saint-Germain loanee for £7m, which would be a club record signing should they choose to pursue his permanent signature.

While Brendan Rodgers is impressed with his progress in Celtic colours so far this season, the treble-winning manager is in ‘no rush’ to make a decision on his future, which will only come at the end of the current campaign.

As quoted by The Daily Mail, Rodgers said:

I will just assess it at the end of the season. I have been really impressed by him and he is getting better and better each week. The boy has big talent and is a real worker as well. He works very hard for the team and he’s the type of performer I like. He has grown each week he has been with us. It’s just a case of assessing it. There’s no rush. It’s for both sides as well — he might love it with us, he might not. I know he is really enjoying it but there is no rush to commit on either side now.

While Edouard may have impressed, is he worth breaking the club’s all-time transfer record that has stood for over a decade?

Value for money?

Edouard has had to remain patient for first team opportunities at Celtic, making just two starts for the club before December, when he was further trusted to lead the line for the Hoops, starting on another four occasions.

Thus far he’s scored four goals, an effort against Hamilton Accies on his debut and a superb hat-trick at home to Motherwell.

As a back-up striker to Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths he’s been a great option but beyond that it’s a struggle to see the value in spending a fee as rich as £7m on the player.

He could go on to have a stellar second half of the season, especially if Dembele leaves this January, but it would take a lot to justify spending that kind of money.