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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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Record fee for Odsonne Edouard is a gamble that Celtic must take

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The Scottish Sun have reported that Scottish champions Celtic are prepared to break their record transfer fee to keep Frenchman Odsonne Edouard at Celtic Park next season.

The 20-year-old’s loan spell with the Hoops was very much a success, as he scored 11 goals in 29 appearances in all competitions. The youngster made just 12 league starts and still managed to finish as the club’s second-highest goalscorer as Brendan Rodgers’ side recorded a second successive treble winning season.

Considering he is still a teenager and is not even close to fulfilling his undeniable potential, Brendan Rodgers will definitely be considering making a move for the Paris Saint Germain loanee if his goal scoring stats were to keep improving.

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The biggest concern regarding the move is the club record fee that Celtic would be forced to pay. Spending £10 million on such a young player, would be a huge game, especially considering he is still yet to play for PSG and wasn’t a regular starter for the majority of the campaign.

However, any slightly concerned Hoops supporters will look to Edouard’s moment of sheer brilliance during the most recent Old Firm game at Ibrox, when the youngster scored a stunning winner that involved a sublime touch and a drop of the shoulder to fire the winner home for the green side of Glasgow.

At just 20 years of age, Edouard was able to turn the biggest Scottish Premier League game of the season on its head. This is a sign to fans that he could a player who simply thrives when the pressure is applied.

His moment of class against the Gers should perhaps convince Rodgers that Edouard may be the kind of player who would relish the opportunity at being the club’s record signing.

His promising record is encouraging and, with more starts next season, his current stats could look very pedestrian if the Frenchman continues to improve. Despite the high fee, it could prove to be a bargain if the youngster is given the time to find his place in, arguably, one of Scotland’s greatest ever squads.

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Celtic should consider approaching PSG for Alec Georgen after Odsonne Edouard success

Celtic should get back in touch with PSG again this summer.

Mathew Coull

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It looks as though Celtic will be able to tie up the permanent transfer of striker Odsonne Edouard this summer. As reported by the Daily Mail it appears Celtic are ready to pay £5 million for the Paris Saint-Germain striker with add-ons set to make the overall figure increase.

The 20-year-old was something of an unknown when arriving at Parkhead on loan last summer. But he has impressed, with 11 goals in 29 appearances and in the last two months of the season, in particular, he looked a real threat.

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After the success of this loan deal, it is easy to wonder whether Celtic might want to be in touch with PSG again this summer over another loan deal, for their talented right-back Alec Georgen.

The 19-year-old defender has spent this season out on loan in Holland. His agent Mino Raiola sorted a move to play with Jong AZ, the youth team of AZ Alkmaar. Here he played four consecutive games at the start of his loan spell in the Dutch second tier. Jong AZ won all four of those games, with the player receiving rave reviews. But an Achilles problem cut short his season and that was that for Georgen.

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But the teenager, who is the captain of PSG’s under-19 side is a top talent. The French youth international, who helped his nation with the under-17 Euros in 2015, is considered a star for the future at both club and international level.

As for Celtic, they could use reinforcements in the right-back position. Mikael Lustig’s powers are starting to wain and Brendan Rodgers certainly needs new recruits in the position.

Georgen is a wonderful talent with the potential to go on and become a star for both PSG and France.

After the success of their deal for Edouard, it would be a good move from Celtic to go back to the French capital and see what they say about their teenage right-back prodigy.

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Erik Sviatchenko could be like a new signing for Celtic next season

The Danish defender spent the second half of the season away from Celtic on loan.

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January saw Celtic decide to let Danish defender Erik Sviatchenko make a move back to his former club FC Midtjylland on loan. The centre-back was having an indifferent campaign at Celtic. After suffering a knee injury at the start of the season he found himself struggling for first-team football at Parkhead. Kristoffer Ajer’s development into a central defender and the presence of Dedryck Boyata and Jozo Simunovic saw him pushed out of the matchday squad altogether.

It was a shame to see him pushed out in this manner. Sviatchenko had an excellent 2016-17 campaign with the club, playing 43 times for the Scottish club and establishing himself as a genuine first-team option.

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Sviatchenko had shown great development in his 18 months at the club. He joined the club in a £1.5 million deal from FC Midtjylland in January 2016 and it appeared Celtic had a bargain on their hands.

But after his struggles this season, perhaps Celtic is a step up he cannot quite handle.

Although, the opposite might also be true. In fact, the £1.5 million man might actually be like a new signing this summer.

Sviatchenko had an excellent spell back at his former club. He quickly played himself back into the first-team at the club. His presence helped an inspired run toward the Danish Superliga title.

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In the end, they managed to overturn the points lead that Brondby had and this week won the league title for the second time in their short history.

His form has shown that he is still more than capable of playing a role for Celtic. His season was decimated by that injury at an extremely unfortunate time from which he could not get back into a settled and successful team.

But this summer, he will have a chance in pre-season to push for first-team football at Celtic once again.

Fans who remember his better days in a Celtic shirt will be happy to welcome him back, as he could become a crucial member of the Celtic squad once again in 2018-19.

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