'Crazy' - Exclusive: McNamara reacts to eight-figure Celtic transfer claim
Jackie McNamara claims that Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard is worth a big-money price tag after Kris Boyd suggested he could cost suitors in excess of £25million.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Celtic and Scotland star says that the money being spent in England on Championship players means that the Hoops’ forward must be worth a pretty penny too.
Sky Sports pundit Boyd claimed that the French hitman is worth in the region of £25-30million and that Premier League sides should be looking at snapping him up after his impressive performances for both club and his country’s youth sides.
McNamara was in agreement with the claims made by the former Kilmarnock man, insisting that his record in Europe only adds to his impressive performances in Scotland’s top flight.
Asked if Odsonne Edouard was worth Boyd’s valuation, McNamara told Football Insider: “I think he could be, aye. When you look at the strikers who have gone down south, you look at some of the ones over the summer, there’s some crazy prices for players even in the English Championship.
“I know you could say it’s just the Scottish Premiership but he’s doing it in Europe as well, he’s doing it for France’s under-21s and doing well with them.
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“I don’t see why not, he’s a great talent and you’ve got to remember his age. There’s a lot of improvement and a lot of experience to come as well.”
Edouard, who is only 21-years-old, has scored 42 goals in 98 appearances since moving to Celtic, with 30 of those strikes coming in his 61 Premiership outings.
He has also netted nine goals in 25 games in Europe and nine in just four under-21 appearances for France.