ODSONNE EDOUARD is fully committed to Celtic, that is the firm conviction of No.2 John Kennedy.
The French striker has been a massive disappointment in a crical season for the Hoops with a miserly goal return of a mere seven strikes in the Premiership – with three coming from the penalty spot.
Edouard was at the centre of intense transfer speculation in the summer where fees between £20million and £30million were flying around for the 22-year-old frontman who completed the previous campaign with 28 goals as the club
The club’s record buy at £9million when he joined from Paris Saint-Germain in June 2018 changed agents last week — fuelling speculation he is ready to quit the Parkhead outfit where he is under contract until the summer of 2020.
Discussing the persistent reports Edouard will be on his way, assistant boss Kennedy, speaking to the Scottish Sun on Sunday, admitted: “It was the same last season when we had the rumours and everything else, but Odsonne’s fully committed to what we’re doing here.
“We’ve had chats and discussions with him, as we do with all the players, and he’s very motivated to succeed and continue to succeed here.
“He realises what he’s been given here. He’s been given a platform to become what he has and he’s thankful for that.
“Whether it’s this summer or three or four years’ time, Odsonne Edouard will give everything he’s got to what we’re trying to do here.
“With a player of Odsonne’s quality, I’d love him here forevermore, but with the calibre of him there’s always interest.
“In the last little period we’ve seen better performances from him and not just him, the team itself.”
Edouard is in line to lead the line when the champions take on Hibs in the rearranged Premiership fixture at Parkhead tomorrow night.