Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton has claimed that the Hoops should make a move to sign Odsonne Edouard on a permanent deal, but that the player isn’t as good as Hoops forwards Leigh Griffiths or Moussa Dembele.

The 20-year-old is widely reported to have an option-to-buy clause in his loan deal at Parkhead, and Sutton believes that the Bhoys should cough up £7million to seal a permanent transfer.

“Would I sign him for £7million? Yes I would, but I don’t think he’s in Griffiths or Dembele’s league as a centre-forward, he’s a work in progress”. Sutton said, whilst making an appearance on Football on BT Sport’s live Twitter chat (16:32).

Edouard has been a big success for the Hoops since joining from PSG on a year long loan, and has been particularly good in recent months where he has put Rangers to the sword on two occasion.

The player is probably going to miss the rest of the season with a hamstring injury, and only time will tell if the 20-year-old has played his last game for the Bhoys.

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Sutton is correct that Dembele might not be as good as either Dembele or Griffiths, but as he is younger than both he has the scope to improve his game, and he has done very well in his first season in the rough and tumble world of Scottish football. Is he worth spending £7million on though, that is the big question, as he would become the Hoops’ record signing, beating the £6million paid for Sutton and John Hartson. It would certainly be a statement of intent by the Hoops, as they don’t usually spend big, even on strikers, and only time will tell if Edouard turns out to be as good a player as he looks to be at the moment. If Edouard signs for the Hoops he could well be the replacement for Dembele should he decide to leave the Hoops in the summer, and already he looks like he is a more than capable replacement, but is he worth that amount of money? That is for the board in the East End of Glasgow to decide.

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