An update has emerged on Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard, regarding Crystal Palace’s interest in his services.

What’s the talk?

According to The Guardian, they have identified Celtic forward Edouard as a potential target ahead of next season as they attempt to bolster their attacking ranks following the arrival of Patrick Vieira as manager.

Palace’s development coach Saïd Aïgoun worked with the striker at PSG and has a pre-existing relationship with the Frenchman, which could help the English side in any possible deal.

Fans would be furious

Celtic fans would be furious if the club allowed Edouard to leave this summer. It could represent a first howler during Ange Postecoglou’s reign, as selling the forward could be a big mistake following the exit of Kristoffer Ajer earlier this week.

Brentford officially confirmed the signing of Ajer for an undisclosed fee, which could reportedly end up being worth £17.5m if all add-ons are achieved. The Norweigan had one year left on his deal at the club and Celtic did well to garner such a fee for his services from the newly-promoted Premier League side.

Edouard also has 12 months to run on his current contract, but the Hoops cannot afford to cash in on him in the same summer as Ajer. Out of all the players to start ten or more league games for Celtic in the Premiership last season, the pair both ranked in the top five performers in terms of WhoScored ratings – Edouard 2nd and Ajer 5th.

Former Celtic boss Neil Lennon once hailed the forward for his abilities, saying:

“I trust him with the penalties, he’s only missed one since I’ve been here. He’s scored goals in cup finals, he’s scored goals in big games from the penalty spot and he took it brilliantly today. He looked far more like himself today and I thought he was magnificent. He’s a joy to watch at times, so he’s had a good day as well.”

This highlights how important the Frenchman is to the club and why selling him should not be an option unless a huge bid comes in for his services.

It would not send out a positive message to supporters if both of their star men were sold after losing out on the title to Rangers. Cashing in on one of them for big money and reinvesting that to build around Edouard – even if just in the short-term – could be a more appealing way of going about it.

Therefore, Postecoglou must ensure that the attacker stays at Celtic Park until January at least, to help battle against the Gers to win back the Premiership.

If it gets to midway through the campaign and the club are not fighting for the title and Edouard is continuing to turn down contract extensions, then a sale could be facilitated with less frustration from the supporters.

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Source

Source: Football – Football Fan Cast