ODSONNE EDOUARD could kick his last ball as a Celtic player in Denmark this evening.
The striker will lead the attack against FC Midtjylland in the Champions League second round return leg following the 1-1 stalemate in Glasgow last week.
Edouard has again been linked with a move from Parkhead three years after his club record £9million arrival from Paris Saint-Germain following after his initial impressive season-long loan period.
Brighton are reported to be ready to put down a payment of £18.5million for the 23-year-old forward with £3.5million in add-ons. The south coast club are poised to rake in £50million from Arsenal for England international defender Ben White.
OFF TARGET…Odsonne Edouard can hardly believe he failed with a six-yard header against West Ham.
Edouard is going into the final year of his terms and it looks odds-on he will quit the Hoops and boss Ange Postecoglou has already admitted that is something which is outwith his control. The player appears to be accepting the latest transfer speculation in his usual laidback fashion, but, whether or not he is affected by it, there is no getting away from the fact he is not firing on all cylinders at the moment.
He passed up a glorious opportunity to double the Hoops’ advantage against the Danes last week when he shot meekly and straight at the keeper when he should have tucked it away. On Saturday against West Ham, he missed the target with a header from six yards.
This evening would be a wonderful opportunity to score his first goal and his boss is backing last season’s 22-goal man and his team-mates to rise to the challenge.
Postecoglou, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “Odsonne has been really good for us. He’s working hard. He’s not got a goal yet, but he’s been in great areas and been a bit unlucky.
OFF TARGET…Odsonne Edouard misses against FC Midtjylland while goalscorer Liel Abada looks on.
“He was enormous in the first leg, so the stage is there for someone like him and we also have big-game players like Callum McGregor, Ryan Christie and David Turnbull.
“The key is to play as a team and support one another.
“We can’t rely on our two centre-backs or back four to just do the defending, they don’t yet have the experience to just let them deal with that.
“It has to be a collective and having an aggressive mindset in the way we go about things.”
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