Sky Sports pundit Danny Mills believes that Celtic will find it very hard to keep hold of Odsonne Edouard at the end of the season.
The Frenchman has scored 27 goals this campaign, with the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea all reportedly keeping tabs on the player.
Mills says the Hoops have likely already accepted that Edouard will depart and will have lined up a number of replacements if the 22-year-old leaves Celtic Park:
“They know it is inevitable. When the Premier League or La Liga come knocking there is every chance you will lose out because financially they cannot compete. Whether you like it or not that is a fact.”
“Football is not just about money but it is a huge factor. It is probably like Southampton. They have to make sure they have replacements ready. When you are Celtic you have to have a plan for the future.”
“They will have two or three lined up to replace Edouard. People will be in mind because if the big boys come in the likelihood is they are going to lose people.”
Interest in Edouard is said to be high, but the feeling is that the club would like the forward to stay for at least one more season.
A new contract is reportedly in the works to settle his future, but it is believed that the France Under 21 international would want a release clause in his contract in order to allow him to leave.
In any case, Edouard is apparently happy to stay for the time being and with his current deal expiring in 2022, there is no need to rush into negotiations.