Celtic manager Neil Lennon

Danny Mills insists that Celtic “do not need” to sell Odsonne Edouard and expects the Glasgow giants to keep hold of the striker until a “big-money offer” arrives.

The former Leeds and Manchester City full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that it is a “big coup” for Neil Lennon’s side to keep hold of the 22-year-old beyond Monday’s deadline.

Edouard has been continuously linked with an exit from Parkhead this summer and Lennon revealed on Sunday that the recent transfer speculation has affected the French striker.

His 45 appearances last season yielded a staggering 27 goals and 19 assists but he has struggled of late with just two goals to his name since the end of August.

Mills was unsurprised that a move away from the Glasgow giants failed to materialise with two years remaining on the player’s contract.

“It is a big coup for Celtic to keep hold of him this summer given all of the speculation,” he told Football Insider.

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“We must remember that he has always been under contract so there was no reason why he should have left.

“He was not going to move unless there was a big move on the table and a big-money offer came in for him. And until that day comes Celtic do not need to let him go.”

Speaking after the late win against St Johnstone on Sunday, Lennon said: “Edouard has about three or four more gears to come. He’s a brilliant player but we are just not seeing the best of him at the moment.

“I think it’s apparent it’s [transfer speculation] been affecting him. Hopefully he’ll calm down once the window shuts and come good for us.”

In other Celtic news, Alex McLeish has told Football Insider that Hoops sensation reminds him of Rangers legend.