Celtic are reportedly on the brink of sealing a “club record” deal for loan striker Odsonne Edouard – and it is fantastic news for Rangers.
According to Sky Sports, the Hoops will spend £9million to land the Frenchman permanently after he impressed on loan last season.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) June 14, 2018
The Paris Saint-Germain striker is obviously a really talented young striker and made a big difference for Celtic last season – but spending £9million to effectively be the same team as last season is madness.
With Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths ahead of Edouard in the pecking order last season, Brendan Rodgers is going to have a balancing act on his hands trying to keep all three happy.
The Celtic boss is also going to have to hope the Hoops board are willing to make further funds available if Rodgers actually wants to improve his side ahead of the new campaign.
As Steven Gerrard sets to work undoubtedly adding better quality players to his squad, there won’t be many Rangers fans sitting thinking that spending £9million on someone who was third-choice last season is a good move.
It might make for some good headlines that Celtic have smashed their club transfer record but the reality of it is they’ve smashed their club record for someone who struggled to get a regular game last season.
He’ll do well for Celtic and score goals when given the chance – but for £9million you’d be looking for someone who can at least force their way into the side he’s about to sign permanently for.
In six Champions League group stage games, the Frenchman played a whopping 37 minutes and he couldn’t even get off the bench as the Hoops were thrashed in Russia by Zenit in the Europa League.
Across two sets of semi-finals and finals in the Scottish and League Cups, Edouard only made the bench once – as an unused substitute – and in the other three he didn’t even get that close to the action.
If that’s what a “club record” signing gets you in 2018, Rangers could be in for a windfall when they sell Eduardo Herrera.
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