This evening, France’s U21 side face the Czech Republic and Celtic’s Odsonne Édouard is set to start.
After problems off the pitch earlier in his career, the 21 year old has found a stage at Celtic which has enabled him to grow. Initially moving to the Scottish Premiership club on loan in 2017 from PSG, the youngster’s transfer was made permanent the following summer and he’s become one of Neil Lennon’s most important players.
Goals against Rangers will always help a player work his way into the hearts of Celtic fans, and Édouard already has that box ticked.
French newspaper L’Equipe report on the player’s growing position with France’s U21 side. They say that last week’s match against Albania will have been quite a come down for the footballer.
Going from the huge event of Celtic facing Rangers, he ended up playing in front of 3,800 spectators (an attendance figure L’Equipe suggest may be inflated) and only came on in the 73rd minute. Despite that, he scored twice and is increasingly gaining attention.
The French newspaper couldn’t cover Édouard without mentioning interest from AS Monaco, and it’s stated that despite the failed transfer, he remains at Celtic ‘without frustration’.
There’s no career rush, and shining for the national U21 side keeps his profile up in France. Over in Italy there’s been claims Lazio were also keen and will continue to watch his progress.
If Celtic do have to face up up to losing their player then the more interest from the big clubs, the better fee they’ll get. A somewhat bittersweet scenario.