Rangers alumni Alan Hutton briefly put his Ibrox allegiance aside to rave about Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard, describing the Hoops man as “unbelievable” and “top, top class” (talkSPORT).
However, the recently-retired defender also believes that Edouard’s talent would make it surprising if “big clubs” weren’t looking at him.
The 22-year-old joined Celtic from Paris Saint-Germain in 2017, initially on loan, and a year later, the Hoops paid a club record fee – reportedly £9million, according to Sky Sports – for him to sign permanently.
Despite the seemingly high fee at the time, Edouard has more than justified the expenditure given his record for Rangers’ rivals.
At international level, meanwhile, he has 11 goals from just six France Under-21 appearances (Transfermarkt).
“He’s an unbelievable player, he’s top, top class,” Hutton, who spent six years at Rangers senior level and also played for the likes of Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur, told Jim White (19 February, 12:20am).
“Definitely (can play in the Premier League). He’s got all the attributes to be a top player. He holds the ball up well, he’s strong; what else do you need from a striker? I wouldn’t be surprised if the big clubs were looking at him.”
When a player from one of the Glasgow giants gets such big praise from someone who is firmly in the opposition team’s camp, you know you’re talking about a player of high calibre.
Edouard, along with Rangers ace Alfredo Morelos, have both lit up the Scottish Premiership in recent years, and fans from both teams regularly argue which is better in a manner reminiscent of the old Cristiano Ronaldo / Lionel Messi debate.
The question is, for how much longer will the dynamic duo grace the Premiership amid reported interest from other clubs?