By Noel Whelan

29th Aug, 2020 | 7:00pm

Exclusive: Top pundit suggests Edouard quitting Celtic after huge development

Noel Whelan believes Celtic may struggle to hold onto Odsonne Edouard after their embarrassing early Champions League exit.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, Whelan delivered his verdict as Celtic lost 2-1 to Hungarian Champions Ferencvárosi TC on Wednesday night.

The defeat meant the Hoops have failed to reach the Champions League group stages for three consecutive seasons.

Edouard, 22, has attracted the interest of Leicester, Everton, Aston Villa, Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Leeds, according to the Sun.

However, this site revealed in July that Celtic had slapped a £40m price tag on their star striker and had no intention of selling him this summer.

Asked by Football Insider whether they can still expect to hold onto Edouard, Whelan said: “I think the fact there out of the Champions League is detrimental to that.

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“Every good player, every star wants to be playing a the highest level and competing for the best cups and the Champions League is that.

“It will be difficult but he does seem like a good character who won’t be winging and he’s said he wants to stay there.

“It shows he’s got a really good character and he’s not going to jump ship straight away and his mentality is still with Celtic.

“That bodes well for Neil Lennon knowing he can control and trust the player.

“If something comes in, Celtic will either think about it and talk to the player then it’s down to Lennon to decide whether they’re going to hold onto him.

“If they hold onto him they’ve got a player with a contract and he’s got to honour that contract.

“You’ve got to be professional and get on with your job.”

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