CELTIC’S £9million striker Odsonne Edouard has been named on a 40-man shortlist for the 2018 Golden Boy award.

The accolade, bestowed to the best player under 21, has been presented by Italian newspaper Tuttosport for the past 15 years.

Paris Saint-Germain’s outstanding Kylian Mbappe is a clear favourite to lift the trophy for a second successive year after starring for World Cup winners France.

While the 19-year-old French ace leads the nominees, Edouard, 20, is also on the shortlist following his impressive loan term at the Hoops plus his early start to this season.

The gifted Parkhead youngster, who is struggling for Thursday night’s Europa League Group B game against RB Salzburg in Austria, is in illustrious company.

Initially a 100-man list, Tuttosport are cutting 20 players a month until the title is awarded in December.

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