Celtic face transfer headache as Brighton enter race for striker


Celtic have big aspirations for the season ahead.

Success in the Scottish Premiership title race this term would lead the Bhoys to a historic feat that would guarantee them a place in the record books.

Following their ninth-successive league victory last term, success this time around would make it 10-in-a-row - an achievement that's bound the get the blood of rivals Rangers boiling.

Steven Gerrard's side will hate the success that Celtic have had lately, and that means that they'll be determined to be the side who stop them from reaching such a notable landmark.

That means that Celtic must be firing on all cylinders this term.

Results like the 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock at the weekend must not become a habit, but if that's to happen they need their star players performing at the top of their game.

That includes Odsonne Edouard.

The striker is key to Celtic's success with the front man arguably the most lethal goalscorer in Scotland.


But despite scoring three goals in his opening two league games, there's a concern that he could have his head turned by the constant speculation over his future.

Clubs such as Leeds United, Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool have all been linked with a move already, however it's another Premier League side who are now said to be keen.

According to The Times, that team is Brighton who see the 23-year-old as the ideal man to bolster their attacking line.

It's claimed that Celtic don't expect Edouard to sign a new contract with the club and that means that they must decide what to do with the former Paris Saint-Germain man.

A fee of £30million is said to be enough to tempt him away, however that fee could be significantly lower if Celtic hold on to him until next summer, with Edouard then in the final 12 months of his contract.


GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

This speculation is not going away any time soon.

Odsonne Edouard is a quality player, and the best players are regularly linked with a move.

That's just the way it is.

Of course for Celtic the speculation is hugely unsettling, as with their season already underway the implications of a further two months of uncertainty could be huge.

But for the player this could be his chance to move on and prove himself in the Premier League.

With so many clubs said to be interested it would be only natural if his head was turned - after all, the striker has aspirations of playing at the highest level.

Whether that happens this summer, however, remains to be seen.

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