By Kieran Maguire

21st Jun, 2021 | 3:00pm

Maguire shares verdict on Celtic selling Edouard for '£10m' after Lennon reveal

The Covid crisis may have hindered Odsonne Edouard’s long-mooted Celtic exit.

That is according to finance guru and Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively about recent comments made by ex-Hoops boss Neil Lennon.

Speaking to BBC Radio Scotland (via the Independent on 15th June), Lennon claimed that Celtic struggled to offload “big-money” players for “anywhere near” a fair price towards the end of his tenure as a result of the pandemic.

Lennon, 49, resigned as Celtic boss in February.

Edouard was expected to sign for Leicester City but that deal has collapsed and, as revealed by Football Insider on 19th June, has opened the door for West Ham to swoop for the Frenchman.

Maguire claims that the 23-year-old’s “modest” performances in 2020-21 and the downturn in the transfer market may have stood in the way of his Parkhead exit.

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The Celtic model is normally to sell one player per year,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“The player that they would have been focusing on was Edouard. But I think Celtic fans seem to feel that his heart’s not always in it.

“He’s had a relatively modest season in terms of the standards they expect.

“That may have been reflected in the price if he wanted to get away and people were only offering around the £10million bracket.

“But we’ve seen the problems in the transfer market as a result of the Covid crisis.”

Edouard netted 22 times and laid on six assists in 40 appearances for the Hoops last season.

He signed from Paris Saint-Germain in a club-record £9m deal in 2018.

In other news, John Kennedy backed to quit Celtic for new role as Ange Postecoglou stance revealed.