Sky Sports pundit Kris Boyd has tipped Celtic forward Odsonne Edouard to make it to the very top of the game but he believes he will have to leave the Hoops to make it happen.
The ex-Rangers striker was asked whether the 21-year-old could break into France’s senior side. Boyd thinks a move away from Scotland will be needed to fulfil that ambition, and he’s predicted that Manchester United could be a potential destination next year:
“Talk about playing with France, is it a possibility? Yes. Do I think he’ll do it with Celtic? No. That’ll be in the back of his mind, he’ll need to make that move if he’s going to get in the French squad.”
“I don’t think it’ll be January, but come next summer, if there’s something of £25-30million, which is reasonable for me, I think this guy will go to the very top. If I was Manchester United, I would come in and give the £25-30million in the summer.”
With Boyd’s Rangers’ connection, it is important to take everything he says with a pinch of salt. The fact that he does rate Edouard so highly, despite his long association with Celtic’s Old Firm rivals, is credit to the French striker’s performances.
In terms of the forward’s valuation, I think most Celtic fans would agree he could go for more than the £30m being suggested by Boyd, especially if he eclipses the 22 goals he scored last campaign.