Celtic would have expected more from Odsonne Edouard. The Paris Saint-Germain loanee arrived at Parkhead in the summer with a reputation for being one of Europe’s most promising young strikers.
And you can see why when you consider that Edouard’s record-breaking eight goals inspired France to the Under-17 World Cup title in 2015 – meaning the teenage phenomenon helped himself to the triple feat of winner’s medal, Golden Ball and Golden Boot.
So far at Celtic, however, Edouard’s impact has been restricted to just four Scottish Premiership appearances and one goal. He featured for the first time in two months in the 1-1 midweek draw with Motherwell but got just nine minutes under his belt.
Thus, the Scotsman claim that it is unlikely at this stage that Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers will rally for the club to take up their option to make his loan deal from PSG permanent at the end of the season.
And you could argue that they have their very own star of the future anyway – and don’t need to borrow them from anyone else.
Star in waiting?
You’d be hard pressed to find a more unbelievable debut than Jack Aitchison’s for Celtic in May 2016. Coming off the bench on the final game of the season against Motherwell, he became the youngest goalscorer in Celtic’s history at the age of just 16 years and 71 days.
Since then, however, Aitchison has played just twice more for Celtic’s first-team – but his performances at youth level are continuing to turn heads.
And with Brendan Rodgers at the helm, the teenager could hardly be working in close proximity to a manager more likely to give him a chance in the first-team.