Celtic forward Odsonne Edouard’s poor form in the first half of the season was partly down to the player feeling disappointed about not moving clubs, according to manager Neil Lennon.
The Frenchman managed just seven league goals up until the New Year, and Lennon said that the player has had to rediscover his motivation over the course of the campaign:
“He had issues from the first half of the season. He felt he missed out on a potential move, so he has galvanised himself and is making a good contribution at the minute.”
It is not a surprising revelation and it seems that bids were tabled for Edouard last summer, which were subsequently turned down by the Hoops. Lennon said no clubs met the price tags for their players so they all remained at Parkhead.
Edouard is now almost certain to leave Scotland when the summer transfer window opens. He has just one year remaining on his current deal, with reports linking him with the likes of Arsenal, Spurs and West Ham, in addition to clubs in Italy.
It has been claimed by some pundits that Celtic may have to settle for a relatively modest fee for the Frenchman, considering his contract situation, but much will depend on how many clubs are interested in signing him. If his improved form continues, there are likely to be a number of suitors.