Charlie Nicholas reckons Celtic need to reward Odsonne Edouard with a new deal, amid recent reported interest from Arsenal.
According to The Daily Mail, the Gunners have earmarked the Hoops attacker as a possible transfer target.
The Gunners, who raided the Scottish champions for Kieran Tierney last summer, have been impressed with the £30 million-rated Frenchman, who has bagged 23 goals and made 16 assists so far this season.
Arsenal are currently sitting in 10th place in the Premier League, and are staring at the prospect of no Champions League football next season.
That could be problematic for Mikel Arteta in terms of retaining his best players, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette having both been linked with exits.
Edouard to the Emirates would certainly raise some eyebrows, but in the eyes of Nicholas – who represented both clubs during his playing days – the 22-year-old must be offered fresh terms by Celtic.
He said in his Daily Express column (11/02, page 55): “If I was Celtic I would be looking to add to that feel-good factor by giving him a new contract.
“Reward him for what he is doing.”
Nicholas also states that he believes Edouard is better than former Parkhead striker Moussa Dembele, and could eventually make £30 million for the club.
TBR’s view – Edouard motivation crucial for Celtic
Given all the talk about interest from Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea in January, a new deal for Edouard may be the right course of action for Celtic to take.
The star has been in scintillating form this term, but him sustaining that will be vital for the Bhoys in their bid for nine-in-a-row.
A wage increase could intensify the fire that’s clearly burning beneath him right now and, as Nicholas suggests, put the club in a strong position for potential negotiations with other clubs.