Celtic manager Neil Lennon says he is now very confident that Odsonne Edouard won’t be leaving before the transfer deadline on Monday.
The Hoops won 1-0 against FK Sarajevo last night to qualify for the group stages of the Europa League. Lennon says the prize money means the Scottish champions are now under no pressure to sell players this month:
“I’m very confident he’ll still be here after Monday night. In fact, I think I’m very confident they will all still be here. We’re very strong on it, we don’t want to sell any of our players – and we don’t need to now. Maybe if we hadn’t qualified it would’ve been something the board would’ve had to look at. But, that’s not an issue for us now.”
The likes of Arsenal, Aston Villa and Brighton have been linked with Edouard over the past few months but it seems almost certain now that the 22-year-old will be around to help Celtic win their tenth league title in a row.
The France Under 21 international scored the crucial goal last night. There had been some concerns about the striker following a dip in form but it appears he has now turned a corner.
Celtic fans will be delighted about Lennon’s comments on Edouard, but they will be hoping that, rather than just focusing on keeping the squad together, the club will bring in one or two signings before deadline day.