ALLY McCOIST has admitted he hopes Odsonne Edouard is lured away from Celtic this summer.

The 22-year-old French striker has been linked with a big-mony move from the champions as they prepare for a tilt at a historic tenth successive title.

Edouard has become a talisman in Neil Lennon’s team and contributed 28 goals in the latest flag triumph before football went into lockdown in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The transfer rumour mill is in full flow with no actual football to report on in the UK. Edouard, who cost the Hoops a club record fee of £9million when he arrived from Paris Saint-Germain in June 2018 after an initial impressive loan period, has figured prominently in the guessing game.

Brendan Rodgers is said to be poised to launch a £20million bid for his former player to take him to Leicester City while ex-Ibrox midfielder Mikel Arteta, now in charge at Arsenal, has also been linked, although CQNpointed out yesterday any proposed move from the London outfit is unlikely to get the go-ahead.

Newcastle United and Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund are also reported to be monitoring the situation of Edouard who still has two years to run on his Hoops contract.

Former Ibrox goalgetter and manager McCoist – possibly tongue-in-cheek – speaking on talkSPORT appealed: “The tell-tale sign, I’m reading a few of the Celtic boys and they are coming out and asking him not to move, to wait another year.

“No way, I’m clearly of the opposite opinion, get him away, and if he goes to Leicester or Arsenal, I tell you what, they will be getting a right top player.”

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