Former Celtic assistant manager Murdo MacLeod has no doubts whatsoever that the Hoops’ record signing Odsonne Edouard will be a success for the Bhoys.
The Hoops recently sealed the biggest transfer in their history to make the 20-year-old Frenchman’s loan move from PSG a permanent one, and MacLeod thinks he could even end up being a bargain for the Bhoys.
“It’s money well spent. We’ve seen how comfortable he is on the park and that he can score goals” MacLeod said, as quoted on the Daily Record live transfer blog (09:00).
“It’s game time he needs. I’m sure he will score a lot more goals.
If Edouard is in the side and starts scoring in the European campaign then he is a player Celtic will be able to sell on for a lot more money.
“He could be a bargain. That is always the plan when they are signing a player for that much money.”
Edouard scored 11 goals for the Hoops last season, which was enough to convince Brendan Rodgers to make the transfer a permanent one.
Football Insider verdict
It looks like the debate about Odsonne Edouard will run and run for a long time to come. His performances will be hugely scrutinised after the deal that made him the most expensive player in Hoops’ history. Murdo MacLeod’s comments are certainly unique, as it is not often that you will hear a player that has been bought for so much money as a ‘bargain’. Of course, if Edouard manages to fire the Hoops to the Champions League group stages then he could be considered a bargain. His other notable comment is about the Hoops selling him on in the future. That has been a strategy that the Hoops have previously adopted but perhaps it could be changing, we shall find out more depending on the future of the likes of Moussa Dembele and Kieran Tierney. Edouard will just be desperate for the season to start so all the talk can stop and he can play football.
In other Celtic news, a Hoops player is delighted that the Bhoys have returned to pre-season training