By Noel Whelan

10th Nov, 2020 | 8:00pm

Exclusive: Pundit drops worrying Edouard transfer claim after big Celtic development

Noel Whelan claims Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard’s value is diminishing this season.

The former Aberdeen and Leeds United forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, said that the 22-year-old worth has fallen as a result of “injuries, game time and a lack of form”.

Edouard dropped to the bench on Sunday as the Hoops bounced back from a disappointing defeat at home to Sparta Prague in the Europa League with a 4-1 win at Motherwell.

His 13 appearances this season have yielded six goals but he has only scored once in his last nine games.

Whelan suggested that the France Under-21 international will have to settle on a place for Neil Lennon’s bench for now.

“I do not think he is commanding the same price tag as he was in the summer because of the injuries, his lack of game time and lack of form,” he told Football Insider.

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“He has found himself on the bench at the weekend because other players have taken their chance.

“Edouard needs to fight for his place. At the minute, I think he is going to have to sit on the bench for quite a while.

“Maybe speculation over the summer did not help as well but the window is close and if he does want to move to the Premier League he has to start performing for Celtic.

“I still do not think he is up to match fitness. He has been hampered with problems this season and right now it does not look like he is going to force his way back into that side.”

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