Former Celtic boss Davie Hay has hailed the Hoops for all but pulling off the signing of Odsonne Edouard.
The 20-year-old striker is set to complete a permanent move to the Bhoys on Friday and has signed a four-year deal according to reports from France.
Hay is pleased that the Hoops have managed to persuade the player to commit his long-term future to the Scottish champions.
“There is always an element of a gamble with every signing that you make but the fact that Brendan Rodgers has spent a full season working with Edouard minimises that” he said, writing in his column in the Evening Times.
“He clearly likes what he has seen and that works two ways as the lad is clearly pretty settled at the club. It is a fantastic coup for Celtic to get Edouard in and it does show that the club are keen to build from a position of strength.
Edouard scored 11 goals for the Hoops last season and despite some injury issues the Hoops feel that he is worth breaking the bank for.
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One aspect of Davie Hay’s comments which are perhaps the most interesting is the idea about building from a position of strength. The Hoops have been notorious for not doing that in the past, and resting on their laurels. Those days could be long gone if the signing of Odsonne Edouard is any indication. If the Hoops want to continue to win the league and also get the Champions League group stage riches then that sometimes means having to spend that extra bit of cash. That certainly seems to be the case with the Edouard deal, as the Hoops are spending money which they’ve not spent since the halcyon days of the Martin O’Neill era. The Bhoys want to leave Scottish football in the dust, and the signing of Edouard certainly does that. The Hoops are now on another level to the rest of Scottish football, and it all seems to be about Europe from now on.
In other Celtic news, Edouard is set to sign a four year deal with the Hoops