Celtic are convinced Odsonne Edouard will remain at the club until next summer regardless of whether he commits to the new deal being discussed.
As revealed by Football Insider last month, the in-demand Frenchman is only willing to sign extended terms if the club bow to his demand for a release clause.
Celtic were successful in fending off interest in their prize asset during the summer window after slapping a prohibitive £40million price tag on him to scare off suitors.
That was enough to deter bids from Premier League clubs who had been tracking the 22-year-old closely over the past 12 months.
A Celtic source has told Football Insider that the club have held talks with Edouard over a new deal that would rocket him to the top of the club’s pay scales.
An agreement is not yet in place with the centre-forward and his camp and there is a strong sense it will need a release clause for the Frenchman to be persuaded to put pen to paper.
The sum of that would be critical, as would the date and time it would come into effect.
Celtic have no intention of letting Edouard, regarded as their most important player, leave in January as Neil Lennon’s side battle for a historic 10-in-a-row in the face of what is shaping up to be the strongest challenge from Rangers in a decade.
Edouard missed last Saturday’s 2-0 Old Firm defeat after testing positive for Covid-19 during the international break.
He has yet to regain the heights of his sensational 2019-20 campaign when he was named the Scottish Player of the Year.
But Edouard has an outstanding record for the Hoops of 66 goals and 36 assists from 132 matches.
In other news, it can be revealed how Celtic completed a “brilliant” new signing in deal worth £4m.