By Harvey Byrne
Manager Brendan Rodgers has made the huge claim that new Celtic signing Odsonne Edouard is one of the “best and most exciting young strikers in Europe.”
The 19-year-old Frenchman completed a deadline day move to Parkhead from cash-rich French side Paris Saint-Germain on loan until the end of the season.
His only first team experience to date has come with Toulouse in Ligue 1, where he spent time on loan last season, playing 17 times and returning one goal.
However, in a time where Kylian Mbappe is currently lighting up Europe alongside Celtic’s own young forward Moussa Dembele, Rodgers has put Edouard up with those and believes he will excite fans this season.
“In Odsonne, we have signed one of the best and most exciting young strikers in Europe and I think Celtic will be a place where he can flourish, just like Moussa has done here,” told Rodgers, as quoted by the official Celtic website.
“He will be great for us and the kind of player who will excite our fans – we have done a great job in bringing him to the club.”
Edouard has never played for PSG’s first team, but he did reveal in his Friday press conference that he is available to face his old team when Celtic meet the cash-rich French side in their first Champions League group stage game on September 12.
He is likely to be competing with Leigh Griffiths for a starting role at first with Dembele currently in the treatment room, but when the Frenchman does return he is likely to be pushed straight into the first team.
That means Edouard is likely to be a substitute over the coming season, or Rodgers could also deviate from his one up top formation and start with two strikers on the pitch.
In other Celtic news, the Hoops issued an emphatic response after clubs circled around this first teamer.