Would Celtic be making a mistake if they sell Eboue Kouassi?

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is seen during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Hibernian at Celtic Park Stadium on September 30, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Scottish Premiership champions Celtic paid £3million for Eboue Kouassi but he could reportedly be about to leave Parkhead already.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is seen during a training session at Lennoxtown Training Centre on April 27, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

If Brendan Rodgers is renowned for one thing, it is his ability to put young players on the path to stardom as well as help those whose careers have stalled get back on track.

The likes of Kieran Tierney, Joe Allen, Raheem Sterling, Luis Suarez, Jordan Henderson and Moussa Dembele all developed considerably under the Northern Irishman, whose commendable ability to spot qualities few others can see has made him one of the most respected coaches in Britain.

It might come as a surprise to learn then that Celtic could consider cashing in on Eboue Kouassi this summer, just 18 months after he joined from FC Krasnodar in Russia for a fee of £3 million, as reported by the Scottish Sun.

Eboue Kouassi of Celtic arrives at the stadium prior to the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on March 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Eboue has struggled to make an impression at Parkhead, starting just five games in all competitions last season as he slipped down the pecking order. And it is understood that he has admirers from clubs in Belgium, France and Germany.

It is understood that Eboue, who was a regular in Russia for Krasnodar and has already represented the Ivory Coast at senior level, is keen to play more football. While a loan move is on the cards, the report adds that Celtic could even sell the tenacious ankle-biter.

Zenit St Petersburg's Russian midfielder Daler Kuzyayev and Celtic's Ivorian midfielder Kouassi Eboue (R) vie during the UEFA Europa League football match between Celtic and Zenit Saint...

But would Rodgers come to regret that? Eboue is one of the future and, at just 20, he is obviously a raw talent with plenty of time on his side.

In fairness, Eboue did impress when given the chance last season, particularly in the Europa League round-of-32 win against Zenit St Petersburg. And Rodgers must remember that Scott Brown, at 32, cannot go on forever while both Callum McGregor and Stuart Armstrong have been linked with a move to the Premier League.

There could be a place in Celtic’s plans for Eboue very soon and selling him now could come back to haunt Rodgers.

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