Celtic’s manager Neil Lennon has admitted the club are ‘doing everything’ they can to try and stop striker Odsonne Edouard following Kieran Tierney to London.

Sunday Post 7 June 2020

“There are ongoing discussions at the minute with Odsonne’s representatives,” Lennon told reporters.

“Ultimately, he’s a player we want around. He’s a fantastic player. He’s really blossomed over the last couple of seasons.

“He had a magnificent season this year, and we want to keep him. It’s as simple as that.

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - FEBRUARY 20: Odsonne Edouard of Celtic during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 first leg match between FC Kobenhavn and Celtic FC at Telia Parken on February 20, 2020, in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – FEBRUARY 20: Odsonne Edouard of Celtic during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 first leg match between FC Kobenhavn and Celtic FC at Telia Parken on February 20, 2020, in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

“We’re doing everything we can to keep him here for at least another season anyway.

“He’s grown into a top-class striker. Of course, there is going to be speculation around a player of that quality.

“But we’re comfortable at the minute with the position we’re in with him. I think he’s got a fantastic relationship with me and my backroom team, and his team-mates.

“You can see how much the supporters appreciate him as well. I think that’s reciprocated.

“He seems pretty happy and we’re all looking forward to seeing him at training.”

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MARCH 07: Odsonne Edouard of Celtic is seen prior to the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Celtic and St. Mirren at Celtic Park on March 07, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – MARCH 07: Odsonne Edouard of Celtic is seen prior to the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Celtic and St. Mirren at Celtic Park on March 07, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Earlier this month, The Telegraph reported that Arsenal are interested in the Celtic striker.

The Scottish club, as Lennon explained above, want to keep the 22-year-old but Premier League clubs are following his progress and he is one of three forwards said to be on Arsenal’s shortlist to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang if the Gabonese forward leaves this summer.

Edouard has two seasons left on his current contract and English clubs believe he could make a quick transition to Premier League football.

As a result, Celtic are reportedly looking at a move for Israel striker Shon Weissman as a replacement, despite what Lennon says. They’re making him a priority signing should Edouard leave, apparently.

Edouard has scored 27 goals, with 19 assists, in 45 games for Celtic this season.