Alan Hutton claims that the “uncertainty” surrounding Odsonne Edouard is affecting his performances at Celtic.
The former Rangers and Scotland star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, suggests that all the speculation concerning the 22-year-old’s future means he has failed to perform at the top of his game this season.
Neil Lennon confirmed to the Daily Record that Edouard told him he was “struggling to start” against Livingston and the striker was left as an unused substitute.
The French forward also missed two games with a injury problem prior to the international break.
Hutton believes that a culmination of factors has affected Edouard’s focus and suggests that he will return to his best when the transfer window slams shut next month.
“I think there’s a little bit of uncertainty if I’m honest,” Hutton told Football Insider.
“There’s been talk of him moving, a couple of niggly injuries, things like that. I think if he stays – and I think he will stay for another year – as soon as the window shuts, you’ll see a refocus from everybody.
“Everything’s up in the air, nobody’s sure who’s going to go where, are there going to be people moving? Just everything, it’s all a little bit up in the air.
“When the window shuts and everybody can just focus on the job ahead, I think it will calm down and we’ll see the best of him then.”
Edouard has scored five goals in six games for Celtic so far this season, although three of those came against Hamilton on the opening day of the campaign.
Lennon has also used Albian Ajeti and Patryk Klimala up front this season, while Leigh Griffiths is yet to recover from injury.