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Is Celtic’s Brendan Rodgers correct that Odsonne Edouard can replace Moussa Dembele?

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As it looks increasingly likely that Celtic will be unsuccessful in their battle to retain Moussa Dembele beyond the summer, Brendan Rodgers has picked out Paris Saint-Germain loanee Odsonne Edouard as a potential replacement.

“Moussa is a fantastic player and the reasons why he has come here have borne fruit. We wouldn’t want to lose him, but you have to think he’s a big talent and something may happen in the summer. We try and have the next one lined up,” Rodgers is quoted as saying by the Herald.

“Odsonne is a top talent. If you look at him, we brought him in for a reason. He has developed and grown over the season. This is a wonderful place to continue with that education.

“I have said all along, and I know there were question marks about him, that Odsonne has everything. He needs an education and has a way to go, but he’s a top talent.

“He probably announced himself to the supporters in the previous league game against Rangers when he got the winner. He showed it in other games, but he won’t get carried away. You have to keep players hungry and humble and keep them wanting to develop.

“It’s up to the clubs. The club will meet with PSG and say where we can take it.”

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Whilst PSG may not be keen to sell, their struggles to comply with Financial Fair Play would force them to sell some players they may rather retain and Edouard may well fall into that category.

Currently valued at just £1.35 million by Transfermarkt, the Daily Mail have previously reported that there is a £7 million purchase clause in the loan agreement and a deal in such a price range would certainly be affordable for the Scottish champions, particularly if they receive big money for the sale of Dembele too.

There is no doubting that Dembele’s shoes would be very big shoes to fill, having scored 15 and assisted eight in 36 league games this season, but Edouard has shown signs that he could step up and relish the pressure of such a role.

With 11 goals in 26 games himself, the 20-year-old is already not far behind and that is without having the consistency and number of starts that Dembele possesses.

The only case against him taking that step may be that whilst no-one is particularly close to challenging Celtic, they may be reluctant to take what could be seen as a step backwards going from an in-demand striker like Dembele to a relative unknown in Edouard.

If Rodgers is as confident as he seems in the striker’s ability though, Edouard could prove to be the next Dembele in the making and represent very smart business for the club.

Sam is a football journalist focusing on English football at all levels and Spanish football. He also writes for Spain's biggest daily sports newspaper, MARCA, as well as The Boot Room. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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Despite poor World Cup Giorgian De Arrascaeta would be incredible Celtic signing

Celtic are being linked with a shock move for the Uruguayan.

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Celtic have been linked with a shock transfer move this week. According to reports, the Bhoys are keen on the signature of Uruguayan midfielder Giorgian De Arrascaeta.

The Sun initially reported that the 24-year-old would cost Celtic a fee in the region of £18 million. However, the Daily Record now suggests that asking price is inflated and Celtic will be able to afford the £10 million-plus asking price Cruzeiro have for the playmaker.

Of course, the talented La Celeste midfielder was with his nation at this summer’s World Cup. Uruguay made it to the quarter-finals of the competition, losing to eventual winners France.

But it was not a great personal performance from the player. He started the competition in the starting XI against Egypt. However, with Uruguay playing poorly and De Arrascaeta barely touching the ball, he was hauled off.

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He was subsequently dropped to the bench for the next four games of the competition, making a brief appearance against Russia in their group dead-rubber.

However, his poor form at the World Cup should not put Celtic off.

De Arrascaeta has been thriving in Brazil for a number of years and been tipped with a move to a host of top European clubs in recent years.

In fact, his difficult World Cup may have done Celtic a favour, with competition to sign him not as fierce as expected.

In Scottish football, he would be an absolute phenomenon. If Celtic can secure a transfer, then it would leave the rest of the nation trembling.

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Celtic fans will be keeping an eye on £3m flop Teemu Pukki

The Finnish striker struggled during his spell at Celtic.

Mathew Nash

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Norwich City snapped up a new recruit this week with the arrival of Teemu Pukki from Brondby on a free transfer. The 28-year-old arrives on a three-year deal and the Championship club will be hoping he can find the form he did in Denmark. He scored 25 goals in 36 games for the Danish side last season and the Canaries will hope he can take them to the next level in front of goal.

For Celtic fans, his turn of form and recent deal are something of a surprise.

The Bhoys snapped up Pukki from Schalke 04 in the summer of 2013 after he had struggled to shine in German football. The deal cost a reported £3 million and he was expected to be a hit. He was signed as a replacement for Gary Hooper, who had ironically headed to Norwich.

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On paper it looked a good deal but, for whatever reason, things did not work out for Pukki at Celtic.  He scored on his debut but soon enough the goals and his form left him. He managed just nine goals in 37 games for Celtic before joining Danish side Brondby, initially on loan, in 2014.

Pukki struggled to find the level necessary in Scotland but it would appear that his experience at Celtic has helped form him into a far better player.

Celtic fans are unlikely to wish he was still at Parkhead. When it comes to goals they are blessed with the talents of Odsonne Edouard, Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths.

But no doubt Celtic fans will be keeping an eye on his progress in the Championship, as Pukki tries to crack the UK for the second time in his career.

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He is not worth £50m but Dedryck Boyata has proved a point this summer

Celtic’s Belgian defender has silenced many doubters this summer

Mathew Nash

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Earlier this week former Celtic hero John Hartson received some ridicule after suggesting the club’s central defender Dedryck Boyata might be worth £50 million. While that is not the case and the Welshman addressed so in the Glasgow Evening Times, he has proven a lot this summer.

Which is why it would have hurt that he found himself dropped to the bench for Belgium’s lucky escape against Japan last night. Vincent Kompany replaced him now fully fit and Boyata did little to deserve being demoted.

He was excellent in the group stages, especially the game with England. He had Marcus Rashford and Jamie Vardy under control throughout the game and proved himself worthy of transfer talk.

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Boyata also helped to prove something about Scottish football. The game north of the border gets a rough deal from some fans considering the standard of play and football.

But there are some incredible exceptions such as Virgil van Dijk or Andrew Robertson who can go on and achieve positive things away from Scotland.

If Celtic receive a handsome offer based on Boyata’s World Cup displays this summer then they will no doubt snap it up. The Belgian has now done all he can to prove he can cut it away from Parkhead.

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