By Frank McAvennie

1st Jul, 2021 | 8:30pm

McAvennie: Edouard will be 'gone' from Celtic by 20 July

Odsonne Edouard will have left Celtic by the time they play their opening Champions League qualification game on 20th July.

That is according to ex-Celtic goalscorer Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 23-year-old striker’s Parkhead future.

Edouard, a 14-time France Under-21 player, was not selected for his nation’s squad for the Tokyo Olympic football tournament which begins on 21st July.

That means he would technically be available for the first leg of Celtic’s Champions League tie with FC Midtjylland.

West Ham are weighing up whether to reignite their interest in Edouard, as revealed by Football Insider on 19th June.

The door opened for the Hammers to sign Edouard after previous suitors Leicester City finalised a deal for 22-year-old striker Patson Daka.

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And McAvennie predicts that Edouard will be “gone” before the Hoops’ European campaign gets underway.

He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “He’s gone. I don’t think he’ll be around for the qualifiers but I might be wrong.

“For Edouard, not being in the French squad, he can’t complain because he never played well enough.

“I’m not gonna blame Edouard for last season. But it’s all well and good saying that we know what he can do, but he’s got to do it on a regular basis.

“He’s the focal man and he’s just not done it. A lot of people are laying the blame at Lenny’s door, at John Kennedy’s door, but I think it was just a combination of everyone last season.

Celtic failed to win the title for the first time in a decade in 2020-21.

Edouard netted 22 times in 40 appearances in all competitions throughout the campaign.

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