Celtic manager Neil Lennon has revealed plans to talk with striker Odsonne Edouard in a bid to get the Frenchman back to his best.
The 22-year-old netted his 14th and 15th goals for France under-21s against Switzerland on Monday, goals which saw him leapfrog former Parkhead teammate Moussa Dembele and into the national record books.
Talking to media ahead of this weekend’s trip to Easter Road, cited by The Scottish Sun, Lennon answered a question regarding the 22-year-old.
There has been a lot of interest or speculation about him. There’s no question it affected him and his performances. We’ll have a good discussion with him and, hopefully, he’ll kick on and get back to his best.
We’re hoping he can settle down. He knows he’s loved by his team-mates, the staff and the fans, and he can get back to doing what he does best and that is playing remarkable football.
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It’s good to see that Lennon plans to sit down and talk things out with the striker, and we feel that chief executive Peter Lawwell needs to follow suit.
Valued at £13.5m by Transfermarkt, Edouard has just over 18 months left on his current Parkhead deal. Celtic rejected one official offer from an unnamed German club for the forward over the summer, and we feel talks are needed over the coming months regarding his long-term future.
Should Edouard make it clear that he doesn’t want to pen new terms at Celtic Park, it could be in the club’s best interest to sell the Frenchman sharpish. The next two transfer windows could be the Hoops’ last chances to receive a fee reflective of the player’s true value.
However, a lack of communication over the next six months could see the Frenchman enter his final year as a Celtic player – in all aspects, a potentially dangerous position for the club.