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16th May, 2018 | 2:32pm

Injury blow for Celtic 27-year-old means Rodgers must wrap up deal for forward ASAP


The news that Leigh Griffiths is set to undergo an operation in the summer should mean that Celtic speed up their pursuit of forward Odsonne Edouard.

Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers has revealed, as reported by The National, that Griffiths, 27, is to have the operation after Saturday’ Scottish Cup Final, and he is confident that the player will be fit for the Champions League qualifiers which begin in July.

They should not take the operation for granted though, and the move to make Edouard a Hoops player on a permanent deal should be as concluded as soon as possible.

Edouard, who himself is injured and is set to miss the Scottish Cup Final, is set to return to PSG at the end of the season, after a successful loan spell with the Hoops.

He scored 11 goals in his season with the Bhoys, a good return for the Frenchman, and was on his way to establishing himself as the main striker at the club before the club’s injury jinx struck and he pulled his hamstring.

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The 20-year-old has showed enough for the Hoops this season however to ensure that a deal should be struck with PSG, with his performances against Rangers a particular highlight, as he scored three goals against them this season.

With doubts over Moussa Dembele’s long-term with the club, it is important that Edouard is kept at the club, as he has all the potential to be a huge player for the Bhoys.

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