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RODGERS AIMS TO MAKE EDOUARD’S HOOPS DREAM COME TRUE

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ODSONNE EDOUARD wants to stay at Celtic after his current loan expires – and Brendan Rodgers is poised to splash a club record £7million to make his dream come true.

The 20-year-old French striker, scorer of two goals in yesterday’s title-clinching 5-0 victory over Rangers, is due to return to Paris Saint-Germain at the end of next month.

Edouard took centre stage as Rodgers’ men walloped the Ibrox outfit on their way to their seventh successive Premiership crown.

He said: “I’m going to remember this all my life because it’s my first title. I’m very happy for the team and for myself. To be able to win the title against Rangers in front of our fans, it was a pleasure for everyone.”

GLORY BHOY…Odsonne Edouard fires his second goal past Rangers keeper Jak Alnwick.

Edouard, who came off the substitutes’ bench to score the winner in the 3-2 victory at Ibrox last month, was given the nod by Hoops boss Rodgers to lead the attack ahead of Leigh Griffths with Moussa Dembele still sidelined.

The youngster admitted his countryman had helped him make such an impact in the game and take his tally for the season to 11 goals.

Edouard said: “Me and Moussa speak a lot. We usually talk to each other before every match and he had a message of encouragement for me before this game.”

The skilful raider missed the opportunity to replicate the hat-trick Dembele scored against the Govan outfit in the champions’ 5-1 victory in the first Glasgow derby last season, but was delighted just to help the team get over the line in spectacular fashion.

He added: “Every match is different. What Moussa did last season was extraordinary. But this match is a different environment, it’s a different context.

“I just went out there and did what I know how to do and play my game. I’m happy to be on the scoresheet and in the end we’ve won the game – that’s what’s important.

“What’s most important, though, is that we’ve won the title. The season’s not over yet. We still have the Scottish Cup. Hopefully, after that there will be time for discussing options.

“I really love this club. If the decision was up to me I’d like to stay. But I can only do so much.”

JOY BHOY…Odsonne Edouard celebrates his double strike in his first title triumph.

Rodgers is confident a deal can be done in the summer. He admitted: “A very, very good chance, hopefully. He wants to be here. It will be a case of getting an agreement with his club. We will finish the season and then see where we are with that.

“He’s a brilliant player. I think some were questioning his ability when he first came, but this is a player who was brought in for a reason.

“Odsonne is 20, he has everything – and I mean everything. Pace, power, you see his strength and his ability with the ball at his feet.

“He’s got a natural brain for football. He comes into the space, he can play off the sides. He has become really physical this season as it’s gone on. He has adapted into how we play with the physicality of the game.

“His two goals and his link-up play were absolutely sensational for a young guy in that type of environment.

“I’ve got Leigh Griffiths there as well, but I felt that with Rangers probably wanting to come and press us, that if we wanted to go over the top of the press, then Odsonne has the physical strength to hold it and break the line. He is super quick. That worked well for us.

“There were a lot of good contributions all round, but I was delighted for him to come into a game of that magnitude and play that well.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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