Paul Robinson believes Odsonne Edouard has played his last game for Celtic and has told the club to ‘wipe the slate clean and start again’.
According to Football Insider’s Celtic source, Edouard has made clear his desire to leave the club in the summer, regardless of the identity of Neil Lennon’s successor.
The Telegraph have named Leicester City as frontrunners for a £15million-£20million deal.
Edouard has spent four seasons in Glasgow, having initially joined on loan before making a permanent move in 2017.
Over the course of 168 appearances in green and white, he’s scored 83 goals and provided 37 assists (via Transfermarkt).
This season, he fired 18 league goals for the distant Scottish Premiership runners-up.
That was enough to finish the campaign as top-scorer, but it was a slight dip from his 2019/20 tally of 21.
Robinson suggested that a clean break before the start of a new managerial era could be good for Celtic, reacting to the claims from a Hoops source that the French starlet wants out.
“Edouard has been linked with the Premier League for some time,” he told Football Insider.
“I think now, the way things are all changing at Celtic, it’s time for him to move on.
“With a new manager coming in and everything else, Celtic need to wipe the slate clean and start again.
“I think you can say he’s played his last game.”
If even a new manager has no hope of winning Edouard over, then it’s time to let him go. With one year left on his deal, it may be the club’s final chance to make a healthy profit on their initial investment.
If they receive the fee predicted by the Telegraph, they will be well-placed to conduct their necessary rebuild, even after giving PSG a part of the profits.
The long-term challenge for the club, of course, is changing perceptions. They don’t want to be a stepping stone for young talents, but at the moment, the money and prominence on offer in England is too much for players like Edouard to turn down.
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