By Noel Whelan

3rd Feb, 2020 | 3:02pm

Exclusive: Whelan shares the one thing that may stop Edouard quitting Celtic

Noel Whelan has conceded that Celtic will “have their hands full” in trying to keep Odsonne Edouard at the club beyond the summer as he continues to hit the heights. 

The ex-Leeds and Coventry forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, said that the “only saving grace” could be The Hoops consistent qualification for the Champions League.

The 22-year-old scored another brace on Sunday, his second in three matches, as Neil Lennon’s side came back from a goal down to beat Hamilton Academical 4-1 at New Douglas Park.

Edouard is the top scorer in the Scottish Premiership and has scored 21 goals in 33 appearances this campaign.

When asked if the French striker would be at Parkhead next season, Whelan told Football Insider: “It is the million-dollar question. Everybody wants goalscorers in their side.

“The only saving grace could be that if Edouard moves to the Premier League he might not be playing in Europe. One thing you are going to get with Celtic is a massive club, always in the Champions League and the chance to showcase himself in Europe.

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“If it is worth giving that up to come to the Premier League, to a club that might be finishing eighth then yes – they will have their hands full to keep him at the club.”

The ex-PSG forward is reportedly a target for Leicester City, with former manager Brendan Rodgers keen to bring his former player to the King Power Stadium.

The Bhoys have now opened up a 7 point lead at the top of the table after Rangers shared a goalless draw with Aberdeen at Ibrox – although the Gers have a game in hand.

In other Celtic news, Jackie McNamara claims Celtic have visible edge over Rangers.