Exclusive: McNamara casts doubts at Celtic as 'Important' contract talks launched

Jackie McNamara has cast doubts over Celtic being able to offer striker Odsonne Edouard the sort of contract he would like as the club open talks over a new deal.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Celtic and Scotland defender says that the Bhoys do not have the financial firepower to compete with other teams should they come sniffing around for the Frenchman.

As revealed by Football Insider, the Hoops are set to offer the former PSG forward a deal worth £30,000-a-week to keep him happy at Parkhead, despite having three years left on his current terms.

However, McNamara says that while Celtic will be desperate to keep Edouard and a number of other players as the core of their side, there will be doubts over whether the Hoops can offer him the sort of money he knows he could pick up elsewhere in Europa.

McNamara told Football Insider: “I think there’s a number of players they’ll want to hold onto, that they want there. You can only offer so much as well, it’s difficult for them to compete.

“They’ll have players there that they want to keep a hold of, want to build the team round for the next two seasons. The value, he’s done well, in terms of the team he’s very important, like a few of the players have been.

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“They paid a lot of money for him, a record transfer at a young age, he’s certainly doing well, he’s scored for France’s under-21s, his confidence is high.”

Edouard, who signed for the club in a record-breaking transfer deal in the summer of 2018, is closing in on 100 appearances for the Glasgow giants, with 42 goals in 97 games.

This season has seen him net nine times across all competitions, including in Thursday’s 2-0 Europa League win over Cluj.

In other Celtic news, Football Insider pundit says a “fantastic” Hoops player looks set for a spell on the sidelines after an update from Parkhead.