With transfer rumours circulating around Odsonne Edouard since the Scottish Premiership was abandoned and the title awarded to Celtic, Paul Robinson thinks that the club need to make sure the player stays if they want to win the league next season.
The French forward has been linked to various clubs, including English Premier League side Arsenal, and some Hoops fans are fearful that he could follow in the footsteps of Moussa Dembele and depart the club when another European side comes calling.
However, Sky Sports have reported that manager Neil Lennon is doing everything possible to keep the player at the club next season.
Speaking about Edouard’s future to Football Insider, Robinson said: “The impact that he has had up there, the way that he has played and the goals that he has scored have turned him into a cult hero.
“He has been key to everything that they do. To lose him would leave a huge hole.
“The Premier League is a great draw. I can see it happening but I would like to see Celtic do everything they can to keep hold of him. They will need him if they are to try and win the league again next year. I think he is very, very important to them. Rangers will have another go again next season but I think he is the difference between the two sides.”
It is hard to disagree here with Robinson – if you look at the top goal scorers in the Premiership, Edouard is far above the rest as his 22 goals in the league is nine more than Jermain Defoe in second, per BBC Sport.
If Celtic lose Edouard, their next highest league scorers are Ryan Christie on 11 and James Forrest on 10, emphasising how much firepower the club would lose if he left, and so they need to do everything possible to keep him.
His 60 goals in 126 appearances for the club highlight how prolific he is and it could be very hard to find someone as prolific as him, so the Hoops must do all they can to entice him to stay. Also, at the age of 22, Edouard should have plenty of scope to develop even further as a footballer.
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