Chris Sutton has urged Celtic to throw any interest in their striker Odsonne Edouard in the bin during this summer transfer window, as he’s pivotal in the club’s search of a famous 10-in-a-row in the Scottish Premiership.
The Bhoys are vying for a 10th consecutive league title during this season’s new 2020/21 campaign, which they kicked off with a 5-1 victory over Hamilton last weekend.
Neil Lennon’s team dispatched Hamilton at Parkhead in a comfortable display and Frenchman Edouard was the star of the show with his hat-trick.
The centre-forward finished last season with a brilliant 27 goals and 19 assists in 45 games across all competitions, which is why many are tipping him for a massive future away from Scotland.
Arsenal and Newcastle United were linked with the 22-year-old back in May (Express), while the Sun claimed at the beginning of August that Aston Villa made an enquiry to Celtic for their £40million-rated star.
It is understood that the Scottish champions don’t want to sell their prized asset Edouard and ex-Celtic attacker Sutton has stressed it’s vital they keep hold of him for one more season.
“During this possible 10-in-a-row season, there just isn’t a suitable figure that you can attach to the French striker. Quite simply, he is priceless,” Sutton wrote for the Daily Record.
“Celtic need another centre-back but not as badly as they need to keep their No.1 goalscorer firmly in place. No matter who makes a bid before October 5, it should be crumpled up and lobbed in a bin.
“If he’s happy to be at Celtic Park, there isn’t enough money in the world that should be able to shoehorn him away.”
Celtic have a number of talented individuals within their squad, yet Edouard is the clear standout top-class man that on his day can be unplayable in the Scottish division.
The clinical forward is being linked with a number of clubs due to his goalscoring exploits and his contract at Parkhead expires in 2022, but Sutton is right they’ve got to try keep him another year before cashing in on him next summer.
Old firm rivals Rangers will do everything in their powers to try halt Celtic this season, but are going to have a humungous task if Edouard sticks around and continues to score a variety of goals at a serious rate.