Celtic manager Neil Lennon is adamant that striker Odsonne Edouard will not be going anywhere when the transfer window reopens in January.
The Frenchman scored a hat-trick for France’s Under 21s against Slovakia last week and the Hoops are expecting interest in the 21-year-old to increase, but Lennon has stated that the Frenchman will not be leaving midway through the season:
“There’s no chance of him leaving in January. Absolutely not. We’ve got too much to do here. He is a class player and is pivotal to us.”
“We may or may not be in Europe after January, so that’s even more reason for him not to go. It wouldn’t hinge on that, absolutely not. But it would be a nice carrot for him, a reason to settle himself.”
Lennon went on to say that he has talked with Edouard’s representatives about his future, and it seems the player is very happy to stay at Parkhead so Celtic supporters can rest easy for now.
With Leigh Griffiths struggling with his fitness and Vakoun Issouf Bayo lacking consistency, Lennon is having to rely on Edouard to stay fit and score goals.
Certainly, his performances for France during the international break will not have done his confidence any harm, and fans will be hoping he can bang in a few more at club level over the coming weeks.