“Good Odsonne, good Odsonne!” screamed new Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou during his open mic training session last week.
The Australian must have been chomping at the bit to work with such a prolific finisher but it remains to be seen whether Edouard will actually stay at Parkhead for too much longer.
Celtic’s star man has been linked with the exit door for over a year now and a move very nearly went through last month.
Edouard had been touted with Leicester City but a deal fell through after they signed a different target instead.
It’s surprising to see the Frenchman back in Celtic colours again but it wouldn’t be a great shock if he departs before the transfer window is done and dusted.
If the striker does leave then the Hoops will have a massive void to fill.
The 23-year-old has been their top scorer for a number of years now and without his goals last term, they’d have fallen even further behind Rangers in the Premiership.
Should Celtic cash in on Edouard?
If the France youth international does seal an exit they should look no further than Clermont Foot attacker Mohamed Bayo.
The Hoops have only just waved farewell to another Bayo in Vakoun Issouf but the 23-year-old has the potential to be a wonderful signing.
The Daily Record suggested him as a potential signing last weekend, adding fuel to the fire of various debates to emerge on social media.
Celtic analytics accounts have profiled Bayo on several occasions, encouraging a move to be made.
Bhoys Analytics shared a video of his play and raised the question of whether he should be Edouard’s replacement back in March. Everything Celtic have also urged the club to move on two occasions now, tweeting the following in May:
“Standing at 6ft 2 Bayo offers an aerial threat Celtic have been missing. He’s a powerful, pacey striker & sharpshooter in front of goal.”
You only need to look at the striker’s record for Clermont Foot last season to understand why he’s such a topic of debate. He scored 22 goals in all competitions, proving to be a dynamic threat in front of goal.
Celtic have had plenty of triumphs when recruiting from France down the years with Edouard, Moussa Dembele and Christopher Jullien just a few success stories.
The Glaswegian side should look to utilise their strong connections across the channel again this summer in a bid to give them an extra dose of firepower.
Albian Ajeti has looked impressive in pre-season and could be given greater freedom to perform by Postecoglou next season but if Edouard departs, they will need an out and out goal-scorer.
Supporters might be worried that Bayo would arrive from the second-tier of French football but look no further than N’Golo Kante and Riyad Mahrez to understand that their lower leagues are a breeding ground for some of the best talent around.
AND in other news, Ange can finally axe Christie at Celtic by unleashing “first-class” rarely-seen 19 y/o…