Celtic fear they will have to cash in on Odsonne Edouard this summer if they cannot convince him to sign a new contract, Football Insider understands.
The Frenchman has emerged as the outstanding player in Scottish football who is being targeted by Premier League clubs as well as Europe’s elite.
A Celtic source has told Football Insider the club are trying to tie their prize asset to a new deal but have yet to secure an agreement.
The Scottish champions and runaway league leaders refused to cash in on Edouard during the January window, but the club privately recognise it will be very difficult to fend off advances of the elite in the summer.
The plan from the hierarchy is to secure him to a new contract before the next window opens.
Celtic are willing to make Edouard their top earner to keep him but he is seemingly in no rush to extend his deal.
Edouard signed a four-year contract in the summer of 2018 when his initial season-long loan from Paris Saint-Germain was converted into a club-record £9million transfer.
That deal runs until 2022 but the forward has developed significantly in the intervening period.
The likes of Lyon and Borussia Dortmund are hot on his trail as well as clubs south of the border led by Newcastle United and Everton.
He’s banged in 25 goals and supplied 17 assists from 41 Celtic appearances in this campaign as well as a remarkable 11 goals in just six France Under-21s matches.
In total, Edouard has scored 58 times in 122 matches for the Hoops and demonstrated a knack of saving his best for the biggest games.