Celtic manager Neil Lennon has stated in no uncertain terms that striker Odsonne Edouard will not be sold by the club.
The Hoops boss has previously said that the Frenchman will not be sold in the January transfer window but there have been fresh rumours linking the 21-year-old with a move to English club Crystal Palace. When asked about the player in his pre-match press conference today, Lennon reiterated the club’s position:
“I can’t stop teams coming in and making bids, but as far as I’m concerned Edouard is not for sale.”
There are many reasons why Celtic won’t countenance an offer for the player. Firstly, they are already light on strikers with Vakoun Issouf Bayo and Leigh Griffiths’ injury problems this season. Secondly, they would risk their chances of staying top of the league by having to try and find a replacement in January.
The Hoops are very reliant on Edouard as things stand, with the France Under 21 international having scored eight goals in 11 league appearances this season. It remains to be seen what will happen in the summer, but it looks very likely that he’ll be staying for the remainder of the campaign.