By Noel Whelan

28th Feb, 2020 | 2:19pm

Exclusive: Ex-SPL man suggests PL bid incoming for 'Massive' Celtic player

Noel Whelan believes Celtic manager Neil Lennon has already got the ball rolling in the club’s “massive” hunt to replace star striker Odsonne Edouard.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and Aberdeen hitman says the 22-year-old is probably thinking about leaving Parkhead after an impressive two-and-a-half years in Glasgow.

As revealed exclusively by Football Insider, the Hoops are desperate to tie the Frenchman to a new contract, his current terms expiring in 2022, but there have been no significant developments in talks.

With Premier League sides on his tail, Whelan thinks the Bhoys are already seeking out a replacement to fill what would be a “massive” void in the starting XI.

Asked if he thought Edouard was considering leaving Celtic this summer, Whelan told Football Insider: “Yeah, probably, but money talks as well – can Celtic afford to turn down a £40-50million offer for a striker? I don’t think they can.

“Celtic have always gone out and found these gems, they’ve always had good strikers that have come into the club and sold on for more money. They know what they’re doing.

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“In the back of his (Lennon’s) mind he wants to keep him, absolutely, because everyone needs a goalscorer in their side and he’s a massive part of their team. He’s probably thinking: ‘How can I replace that?’

“They’re probably out there now looking just in case, preparing themselves for the inevitable which is probably going to be a bid from a Premier League club. I can’t see a Premier League club not wanting to sign him.”

Edouard has been in magnificent form in front of goal this season, his penalty against Copenhagen his 26th goal in 42 appearances.

In other Celtic news, Alan Hutton suggests one Parkhead midfielder may want to leave this summer.