As Celtic’s season goes from bad to worse and their Scottish Premiership title defence lies in ruins, Peter Lawwell will desperately be looking for a way to start things afresh.
Near the top of his list will surely have to do with sorting out Odsonne Edouard’s future at the club. The Frenchman was linked with a move away in the summer transfer window, but a deal failed to materialise, and now it seems that the striker may not leave Parkhead until the end of the season.
Football Insider claim that the forward – valued at £25m by the Hoops – “is willing to bide his time until the summer to get a big-money transfer from Celtic”, and that he is “not in a rush to quit Parkhead and would rather secure the best move for him professionally in the summer.”
When should Celtic sell Edouard?
In the summer!
If Edouard’s time at the club is coming to an end sooner rather than later, then Celtic will have to be on the look-out for a replacement, and they could secure a shrewd successor in Kasper Junker, with the striker revealing via The Athletic he is open to a move amid links to the Hoops.
The 26-year-old has been a revelation for Bodo/Glimt, bagging 27 goals in 25 league games, and providing a further 11 assists in the competition too last season.
Speaking to 67hailhail, Norwegian football expert Jonas Giæver, said: “He’s a number 9, a fox in the box. I think he’s a lot more as well, he’s very technical, very good with his back to goal. He can set up his teammates and find space in the area. Bodø/Glimt have done it so perfectly, in terms of bringing numbers into the box. He always finds a patch of space and finishes first-time more often than not.
“If you’re looking for an out-and-out striker, who doesn’t need many chances to get a goal, then he’s your guy.”
Celtic of course know all about a prolific Scandinavian forward, having witnessed ‘The King’, Henrik Larsson, bag a tonne of goals for them during his time at the club – he netted a quite incredible 242 goals in 315 games.
His former Barcelona teammate, Sylvinho, remarked that: “His best qualities were concentrated in the penalty box. He was really intelligent in his movement, and he knew how to use his body to win his individual battles. And, of course, he made finishing look easy.”
Whilst it would far too naive to suggest Junker can make anywhere near the kind of mark Larsson did at Celtic, there are certainly elements of the Swede’s game and style of play that is in the 26-year-old.
If the Hoops are looking for someone to become Edouard’s successor, then they must surely try and get Junker.