‘The pleasure is all mine,’ Odsonne Edouard on playing for Celtic

ODSONNE EDUARD in an interview with France Football praised his French team-mates at Celtic and thanked manager Brendan Rodgers and coach Kolo Toure for the help they have given him during his increasingly successful loan spell in Glasgow.

Celtic have a summer option to buy the player from PSG €8million and The Celtic Star reported on Sunday evening that the Celtic manager is looking to take up the option and sign the player permanently.

With Paddy Roberts suggesting that he wants to stay at Celtic, a deal with Manchester City would cost Celtic around £10million, then it could be a summer of high spending not seen at Parkhead since Martin O’Neill arrived.

But there could be high profile departures too, with Moussa Dembele being touted as being a summer target for Marseille. Of course that’s just paper talk and if we had a quid for every time Moussa has been linked to a move away in the papers we could buy him ourselves!

Anyway back to what young Edouard was saying to France Football…

“I’m just trying to finish the season. I do not think about what will happen next time. I’m having a lot of fun here at Celtic. It is an extraordinary club, with a top coach and brilliant fans.

“I want to focus solely on my football to help Celtic as best as I can until the end of the season.

“You know, when you choose to do this job, you’ve been prepared since you were a kid. We know that we can leave our country very quickly. I was not afraid. From my first day, I had the chance to find Moussa Dembélé and Olivier Ntcham, they are used to the British football and they directed me.

“It helps to have French-speaking people at my side. I am thinking, in particular, of Kolo Touré who plays the role of big brother with us all. He is present, he talks to me a lot and encourages me.

“I made the choice to go for maximum playing time. When I knew that Brendan Rodgers wanted me, it did not make a crease in my mind. I already knew him, I knew that he had coached Luis Suarez in Liverpool.

“It’s a pleasure because I play in a team that has the ball more than the opponent in general. With Rodgers, I feel that I am progressing at all levels and especially athletically.

“I have scored eight goals in 23 appearances, I know it’s a good ratio, but I must continue in that direction.”

This was my, my, my Beautiful Sunday

“There is surely no denyin’, wi’oor captain Willie Lyon, we will win the Scottish Cup once again,” a pre-war Celtic chant

About Author

The Celtic Star founder and editor David Faulds has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

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