By Football Insider speaking to Kevin Campbell

14th Feb, 2020 | 12:00pm

Newcastle Exclusive: Alex Bruce reveals he's told his Dad to sign Celtic player

Alex Bruce has revealed he’s urged his father to take Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard to Newcastle United.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Russell Edge, the just-retired footballing son of Steve Bruce claims Edouard, 22, would be an ideal signing for the north-east giants.

Defender Bruce, 35, has spent the last year of his career in the SPL at Kilmarnock and has played against the Celtic front man.

“I have told dad about Edouard so we’ll see,” Bruce told Football Insider. “When you look at going into Europe to buy a top striker now, I mean Newcastle paid £40million for Joelinton, the price teams demand nowadays for top strikers is huge.

“When you think of what it might cost to get him out of Celtic, it might be worth a punt.

“Whether you could get him for £20-30million, I know it sounds like a lot of money but in today’s market it might be alright and if he comes and does anything near what he does (in Scotland) in the Premier League then it would be great.”

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Edouard was brought to Parkhead in the summer of 2017 by Rodgers, initially on loan before he was signed permanently 12 months later for a club-record £9m.

From 38 matches in all competitions for the Hoops this term, he has scored 23 goals and also weighed in with 16 assists.

“We’ve seen over the years players have come down south from Scotland, the likes of Henrik Larssons, Di Canio was up there at Celtic – I think the Scottish League can be a little bit disrespected in terms of quality,” Bruce added.

“They have got some good teams, some good players up there. It would be nice to see how Edouard would do.”

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