Celtic need to start planning for a life without star striker Odsonne Edouard if they cannot get him tied down to a new deal, according to Michael Brown

The former Premier League midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists that the Hoops will understand why the 22-year-old may not want to commit if “bigger clubs” are sniffing around.

As revealed by Football Insider, Edouard is willing to bide his time over a new deal with his camp reluctant to enter “serious” negotiations with the club.

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It is understood that the Bhoys want to tie him down amid growing interest from clubs both in England and across Europe, with his current deal expiring in 2022.

Brown insists that Celtic will be doing all they can to try get him to commit but that they will also be planning for a potential exit this summer.

Brown told Football Insider: “I just think that anyone who does well – contracts are going out, there’s going to be interest in people and they’ll say: ‘Hang on, where do I want to be?’

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“It’s normal practice and Celtic will understand that if there’s bigger clubs. That means you’re doing well if there’s bigger clubs looking at your players.

“Celtic are a huge club but ultimately they’re not playing on a top European stage so what level can Edouard go?

If they can get him to sign and get him to keep progressing, great, if not they’ve got to start planning for it without him.”

Edouard has been a consistent threat in front of goal since signing arriving in Glasgow, with a total of 60 goals in 126 appearances.

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