Reported Arsenal target Odsonne Edouard will be considering his future at Celtic following their Champions League elimination on Wednesday night, according to talkSPORT pundit Ally McCoist.
The Gunners have been linked with the French striker for a number of months, a March report in The Mirror claiming he was in Mikel Arteta’s sights for the summer.
Speculation continued to build heading towards the summer, with The Express claiming in May that Arsenal were leading Newcastle United in the race to snap Edouard up.
On Wednesday, Neil Lennon was unable to call on the 22-year-old, who was out injured as Hungary’s Ferencvaros ran out 2-1 winners at Parkhead.
The result saw Celtic drop out of the Champions League at the second qualifying round, their earliest exit from the competition in 15 years.
Although the Hoops will now go into the Europa League, McCoist believes this elimination could have knock-on effects with regards to giving Edouard something to think about.
“Edouard, certainly on current form, is the most valuable player in the country,” McCoist told talkSPORT, as transcribed by the Daily Record. “Celtic clearly missed him to a massive degree last night.
“And he must be sitting there thinking – with the greatest of respect to Odsonne Edouard – is he going to say ‘ok that’s us out of the Champions League but I’ve to 10 In A Row to look forward to’?
“No he’s not! Come on, that’s a west of Scotland thing between Rangers and Celtic. That’s not going to affect a big striker with the ability of Odsonne Edouard.
“He wants to play at the top level, and he will play at the top level because he’s a top player. It’s given him something to think about.
“Clearly Celtic will benefit when the time is right for Odsonne Edouard to move – and I think he will move.
“I’m not saying for a minute it’ll happen in the next two or three months, but he will at some point move. But that result has certainly given him and his agent something to think about.”
Celtic’s record signing has been superb since his £9million move, but surely it’s now only a matter of time before he ups sticks and heads to one of Europe’s elite clubs.
Edouard has claimed an impressive 64 goals and 32 assists from 130 Hoops appearances, including 27 goals and 19 assists last term, helping his side to a ninth consecutive title.
This latest blow will surely be food for thought for the player, who has the quality to compete in Europe’s top leagues and of course the Champions League.
With questions remaining over the future of Alexandre Lacazette, Arteta may well be looking to bolster his attacking ranks further this summer, and with how Arsenal are aiming high, Edouard could well be tempted.