Can we step back for a moment and look at Brendan Rodgers considerations for Odsonne Eduard this season? In May, Peter Lawwell is going to ask the manager if he wants to pay PSG €10m to make his transfer permanent.
To answer that question Brendan will need to a firm view on how Odsonne compares to other candidates, with similar profiles to him and Olivier Ntcham. They will all be a risk, but the manager needs to strengthen his team, so he must give himself the best possible information before committing.
One of the benefits of playing in Scotland is that we can afford to give a young talent an extended run in the team without affecting our title chances. We can make changes which will have a negative impact on short-term performances, but will improve our long-term prospects.
There is another side of the player acquisition equation to consider. Brendan had to convince Odsonne and Olivier that Celtic was the right club for them. To do this, he pointed to Moussa Dembele, who was given his chance. What young players attached to tier-one wealthy clubs want more than anything else (apart from money) is a game time.
Whether Odsonne makes it at Celtic or not, you can be sure Brendan will point to the opportunities he has to make an impression when he speaks to other targets.
Over the last 48 hours our lead at the top of the table went from 8 to 11 points, while giving a young player time on the field. Leigh and Moussa know the script and are happy to concentrate on their own game, while allowing the manager to worry about youth development.
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