Edouard looks like becoming the next big-money Celtic sale.
Celtic could soon find themselves in an all-too-familiar familiar situation.
Having sold Moussa Dembele this time last year, the Frenchman’s compatriot and former Celtic colleague, Odsonne Edouard, is said to have his own list of suitors – which include Dembele’s new employers, Lyon.
With the Bhoys ultimately powerless to resist the advances of larger and more monied European clubs, it would be wise then to put contingency plans in place.
And one potentially interesting option is that of Tyrese Campbell, the teenage Stoke City striker.
The son of the ex-Arsenal and Everton forward, Kevin, Campbell is not only regarded as one of Stoke’s best prospects, but England’s too – having represented his country at under-17 level.
He was previously on books of Manchester City, but left for the Potters in 2018 as he ‘couldn’t see a path to the first team’.
But he has experienced similar issues at the BET365 Stadium – despite having scored prolifically at U23 level, and found the net five times in 15 games for Shrewsbury last season.
That is much to the frustration of several Stoke fans, who this week expressed fears that Campbell will leave them either at the end of his contract next summer, for a potentially nominal fee if he moves outside of England, or on a cut-price January deal.
And either way, that could spell a bargain for Celtic, who are likely to recoup a significant eight-figure fee for Edouard, if and when the 21-year-old departs.
Similar in stature to Edouard (there’s just two centimetres difference, in fact), Campbell’s playing style is also not dissimilar. Both players are quick, possess a goalscorer’s instinct and score a variety of goals, with various parts of the body and from various distances.
Campbell may not have a great deal of experience. But then neither did Eduoard, or Dembele before him. And it did not take either player long to establish themselves as a worthy Celtic Park line-leader.