By Noel Whelan

12th Sep, 2021 | 8:00am

'Amazing' Celtic business hailed by pundit after £20m windfall revealed

Celtic had no choice but to settle for a potential £20million fee for striker Odsonne Edouard, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds and Coventry striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said that the Hoops’ “couldn’t have demanded more” with Edouard having just a year left on his contract.

A Celtic source told Football Insider that the Hoops will receive an initial £15million for the Frenchman, rising to £20million with add-ons.

On deadline day (August 31), Crystal Palace confirmed the signing of Edouard on a four-year deal with an option for a fifth year.

He marked his debut yesterday by coming off the bench and remarkably scoring twice in a 3-0 win over Tottenham.

Whelan believes the potential £20million fee will prove good business for both clubs.

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“I don’t think Celtic could have demanded more considering he was at the back end of his contract,” he told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge.

“It’s amazing business, especially as it looked like he was going to stay until January and beyond.

“Nothing appeared to be happening, we heard rumbles, but they left it really late.

“I think it’s a great signing for Crystal Palace, he’ll thrive there. They’re trying to build a new squad and he’ll be at the heart of that attack.

“I think with Vieira there as well, it’s another piece of the jigsaw puzzle that he’s trying to put together.

“A lot of players have left Palace, it’s a big rebuild. It might not be easy, and it might not click straight away.

“It’s good business for both parties, he’s very young still and he could be worth a lot more in about four years’ time.

“Celtic didn’t have an option – it was either something or nothing.”

In other news, this pundit has told Celtic fans to get excited after the club signed VVV Venlo striker Giorgos Giakoumakis.