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3rd May, 2018 | 7:27pm

Rodgers statement on Celtic goal machine means 6'1" dazzler is must-buy in summer

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After Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers admitted that “something may happen in the summer” in regards to the future of Hoops goalmachine Moussa Dembele, it means their capture of Odsonne Edouard is imperative.

The 20-year-old Paris Saint-Germain starlet has spent the season on loan with the Bhoys where he has gone from strength to strength.

With 11 goals to his name, including one against Rangers, in 28 outings, as well as four assists to boot, the youngster has established himself as an important figure in the side.

Is it just as well that despite a slow-start at Parkhead, the forward has come to the fore of late because after the boss’ latest comments regarding Dembele, where he virtually admitted, as quoted in The Scottish Sun, that the French U21 ace would be leaving the club in the summer, Edouard’s input will be needed even more.

Rodgers has an option to buy the forward when his loan expires at the Scottish Premiership outfit this summer and they must exercise that option to sign Edouard permanently or else risk being threadbare in the striking department.

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As it stands, aside from Dembele and Edouard, the only other option in the position is Leigh Griffiths.

However the 27-year-old has endured an injury-ridden campaign and should the next season follow a similar path Rodgers will be bereft of quality in attack.

All of this spells the need for the Hoops to make Edouard a permanent fixture at Celtic Park by agreeing terms with him this summer.

In other Celtic news, Rangers take massive gamble and risk Celtic opening gap as terms of Gerrard deal claimed.

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