Celtic's Odsonne Ecouard joining Monaco now looks very unlikely

Odsonne Edouard of Celtic shoots and misses during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 01, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard was reportedly wanted by Monaco.

Odsonne Edouard of Celtic shoots and misses during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 01, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Celtic have seen Odsonne Edouard start the season on fire, but it seems he could have been playing his football elsewhere this season.

Edouard's opener in the recent 2-0 win over Rangers at Ibrox saw him take his tally for the season to six goals in 11 games, whilst also picking up five assists.

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He's since gone on international duty to earn his first two caps for the France Under-21's, and he remarkably scored four goals in those games to continue his rise.

 

Celtic will now hope to see Edouard continue his great form over the course of the season, though that will of course lead to speculation about the 21-year-old's future at Parkhead.

L'Equipe noted earlier this week that Edouard had been in contact with Monaco about a move there, but the move failed to materialise, much to Celtic's delight.

Some may be worrying that Edouard's form will lead to renewed interest from Monaco, but that now seems unlikely given how the Ligue 1 side went on a late spree of attacking signings before the transfer deadline.

Inside the final three weeks of the transfer window, Monaco landed Wissam Ben Yedder from Sevilla as well as loan deal for both Islam Slimani and Jean-Kevin Augustin, which are expected to become permanent in 2020.

Slimani Islam, goal celebrations, during the French L1 football match between Strasbourg (RCSA) and Monaco (ASM) on September 01, 2019 at the Meinau stadium in Strasbourg, eastern France.

Add in that Leonardo Jardim also has Italian wonderkid Pietro Pellegri at his disposal whilst Henry Onyekuru and Keita Balde can also play up top, and adding another striker in January surely won't be a priority.

That should at least give Celtic some cause to relax, with Monaco going elsewhere for their striking reinforcements, so at least one suitor for the Bhoys striker appears to be fading away.

Of course, other clubs can come into play for Edouard, but Monaco have shown the strongest interest so far, and they appear to be out of the race for now.

Monaco's French forward Jean-Kevin Augustin poses with his jersey after a press conference held for his presentation in La Turbie, near Monaco on September 3, 2019. (Photo by VALERY HACHE

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