Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard

Noel Whelan has tipped Leicester City to win the race for Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard – all thanks to Brendan Rodgers. 

The former Leeds United forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 23-year-old would want to reunite with his old boss over his other suitors.

The Daily Mail claim the Foxes are closing in on a £15million move for the hitman despite interest from the likes of Roma and Arsenal.

Whelan has previously begged Leeds chiefs Andrea Radrizzani and Angus Kinner to hijack Celtic’s deal.

Edouard netted 27 times in 68 games under Rodgers at Parkhead before the Northern Irishman left in 2019.

The Frenchman has continued his fine goalscoring form in Scotland and in Europe, with 20 goals in 32 appearances this season.

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With several sides competing in European competitions said to be keen, Whelan suggested his relationship with Rodgers could swing things Leicester’s way.

Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: It’d be a great move. He would be in Europe and probably be enticed by that factor as well. I think a lot of things come into play.

“It’s about managers as well, isn’t it? It’s about that relationship with a player already. We’ve seen Ancelotti at Everton with (James) Rodriguez and Allan.

“You very much choose to go and play for that manager that you’ve had a record and relationship with. It doesn’t surprise me that Brendan Rodgers is in there looking.

“He probably needs another striker to add to the squad because they may be in Europe next year.

“It’d be a great move, he would be in Europe and probably be enticed by that factor as well. If they get him, it’s great business.”

In other news, Scott Bain’s agent has been tipped to be working on a move in double Celtic exit.