Our prodigious striker looks like he enjoyed his return to his homeland on under-21 duty. Odsonne Edouard used the Europa League stage well in previous seasons, a trip back across the Channel to face Rennes next week presents his biggest stage yet. He will be able to make his mark on a team currently joint-top of Ligue 1 – above his old pal’s team, Lyon.
Attracting attention to your talent is a double-edged sword. While clubs will be alert to Odsonne’s success, hopefully others across French youth football have noticed his progress, and that of Moussa Dembele and Olivier Ntcham. Scouting done in these months makes the work in July and August a whole lot easier, unless your chief scout bails out in May, of course.
Do not assume that we simply got ourselves into the right place at the right time to sign Odsonne and Moussa. We transformed the careers of both. Youth players know there are clubs who can develop your talent and others that will ruin it. Celtic need to be making their case to aspiring French talent.