Chris Sutton has claimed it’s “simply unthinkable” that Celtic could let Odsonne Edouard leave in January and has warned there would be outrage from supporters if he did exit.
The Bhoys have seen key players like Kieran Tierney and Moussa Dembele depart Parkhead in recent years, which is why some may be fearful that interest may surface in their current talisman.
Edouard has been such a pivotal player in Neil Lennon’s side so far this campaign and leads the line superbly well.
The centre-forward has played 17 times across all competitions for the Bhoys this season, scoring nine goals and supplying five assists in return.
He scored twice on Thursday away on international duty, which means he has six goals in his last three appearances for France’s Under-21s side.
Pundit Sutton believes that there is no way Edouard should be able to leave midway through the season if there is interest and urged Celtic to keep him.
“It’s not a leap to assume there will be a lengthy queue forming to grab him in January. But let’s be clear. It is impossible for Celtic to even consider selling Edouard – even if they received a £50million bid,” Sutton wrote in the Daily Record.
“I’m not saying Celtic will get that kind of offer but the point is it doesn’t matter how much cash is on offer, letting Edouard go in the middle of the season is simply unthinkable.
“Players have been sold at questionable times over the years and there has been uproar on occasions.
But this would out-do any of those sales. The reaction from supporters would be nuclear.”
Edouard’s form will surely have alerted a lot of clubs to his potential, but Celtic do need to at least try keep him until the end of the season and it will be interesting to see if anyone is willing to test their nerve with a bid.
The 21-year-old appears to be going from strength to strength as a player and has all the attributes of a top striker.
His goals are going to be crucial in the club’s bid to defend their title, but as it stands they sit second in the table after eight league games and are two points adrift of Old Firm rivals Rangers.
Lennon’s options at centre-forward already look limited and he would have a serious problem if Edouard was to leave.