Though The Bhoys eventually reached the group stage thanks largely to a 5-0 first-leg thrashing, Twumasi’s clinical brace in Kazakhstan had Celtic, for a few minutes at least, biting their nails.
A well-placed header preceded a brilliant individual goal 20 minutes after the stroke of half time to put Astana 4-1 up in the second leg – before Olivier Ntcham and Leigh Griffiths both scored late on to seal Celtic’s aggregate win and save face somewhat.
If the 23-year-old does make the move to Parkhead, however, this will take Celtic’s tally of strikers to four. So what does this mean for the seldom-seen Paris Saint-Germain loanee Odsonne Edouard?
The 19-year-old France youth star arrived at Celtic amid huge expectations after ‘The Rocket’ scored goals for fun in PSG’s reserve sides. And that’s without mentioning his star turn at the 2015 Under-17 World Cup, in which Edouard scored a hat-trick in the final against Germany.
Yet, Edouard’s Celtic career has simply not taken off. He’s started just two Scottish Premiership games and hasn’t featured since September. Rodgers told the Evening Express last week that, with Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths in fine form, it will be difficult for Edouard to force his way into Celtic’s team.
And The Scotsman is now reporting that it’s unlikely at this stage that Celtic will take up their option to make Edouard’s loan deal permanent with Rodgers turning his attention towards alternative targets – like Twumasi.
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