By Noel Whelan

24th Mar, 2020 | 1:43pm

'Amazing...they continue to find gems' - Ex-striker reacts to Celtic transfer report

Noel Whelan has claimed Celtic should not fear losing Odsonne Edouard this summer because of their “fantastic” scouting network.

The former Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted if the 22-year-old was to leave the club will “find that gem” to replace him.

According to The Mirror, the French striker is being targeted by Arsenal regardless of whether Pierre Emerick Aubameyang remains with the Gunners next season.

Edouard has scored 27 goals in 45 appearances this season, helping The Hoops open up a 13-point lead in the Scottish Premiership.

When asked if Neil Lennon should be worried about the continued interest from the Premier League, Whelan told Football Insider: “They have always found someone. Their scouting network is fantastic.

“You look at Van Dijk and certain players that have come in and out of that football club and Celtic have got it right. They notice a player, get him, groom him and when the time is right and they have done their part they sell them on for a very healthy fee. That keeps the club sustainable.

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“They have had amazing transfers. They always seem to find that gem.

“They will know they cannot compete with the Premier League even though they are a giant themselves. They know that teams across Europe can come in. It is harsh but it is a reality for Celtic but they have a great scouting network and they will continue to find gems.” 

Edouard joined from PSG for a club-record £9million in 2018 after a successful loan spell the season prior.

The France under-21 international was brought in to replace Moussa Dembele who left for Lyon in a £19.7million deal that summer.

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