Noel Whelan claims imminent Celtic hire Gary Penrice may have to find a replacement for  striker Odsonne Edouard as the club’s transfer plans take shape.

The former Aberdeen and Leeds forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the 56-year-old would be under immediate pressure to continue the Bhoys’ record of replacing “massive players” with hidden gems.

As revealed exclusively by Football Insider, the Hoops have tabled an offer to the former Premier League to join the club in a senior recruitment position.

Should the 56-year-old accept the Bhoys’ job offer, he would be reuniting with recruitment chief Nicky Hammond, the pair working alongside each other at West Brom.

Whelan has heralded the club’s recruitment over the years and suggests Penrice would have a lot to live up to, not least if Edouard leaves in the summer.

Whelan told Football Insider: “I’ve always said that the scouting network at Celtic, when they’ve lost massive players, they’ve always bought very, very well and sold for a lot more than what they bought.

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“It’s a good turnover at Celtic. There’s pressure there to find those gems again because look, Edouard I think will be leaving Celtic, I think a bid will come in from a Premier League club in the summer that they won’t be able to turn down.

“Their network needs to start now so he’s got a bit of pressure on his hands, absolutely, because Celtic for years and years have found these players, made a lot of money out of them and won lots of titles. Now he’s got to emulate what they’ve been doing in the past

“They might have to look for a new striker, that might be his first port of call.”

Edouard has netted 60 times in 126 appearances for the Bhoys, including 27 goals this season.

Penrice left QPR as a recruitment consultant back in December and has been working on a freelance basis since.

In other Celtic news, it can be REVEALED that big accusations are now flying from the direction of Rangers towards the east End of Glasgow.