Following the confirmation of Ange Postecoglou as the new Celtic manager, Ally McCoist has moved to declare what the tactician’s first act will be in Paradise.
McCoist told talkSPORT Breakfast on Thursday morning that sanctioning the sale of Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard will be the ‘first thing’ Postecoglou does at Celtic.
The ex-Rangers man tugged at the seams of tension between Celtic and his former club by declaring that he wishes ‘nothing’ for the new Hoops tactician, before claiming that wrapping up a deal for Edouard is on the horizon.
“Let’s not kid ourselves,” said McCoist. “That man has a job on his hands. I think the first thing he is going to do is agree to terms with Leicester for Edouard’s exit.
“And there might be one or two going with Edouard, so he has got a big job on his hands.
“So, I wish him nothing but nothing,” said the ex-Rangers man heartily.
2020/21 FA Cup winners Leicester City have been heavily linked with Edouard, who is entering the final 12 months of his Celtic deal.
Sky Sports have recently reported that Celtic could cash in on the former PSG youth star for just £18 million in order to avoid the talismanic striker leaving on a free transfer next summer.
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Given his anointed role as ‘Football Manager’, it is unclear as to just how much of a say Postecoglou will have in transfer proceedings.
Regardless, from a financial perspective it is imperative that assets are not allowed to leave for free.
A failure to secure meaningful recompense for their services would leave a void needing to be filled, with the club in a weakened financial position to do so.
However, Postecoglou’s side certainly has a ‘big job’ to do this summer – along with Edouard, Kristoffer Ajer is another key player at Celtic that looks likely to leave.