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‘EDOUARD IS NO £7m GAMBLE’

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TOM BOYD insists there is no risk in Celtic paying top dollar for French striker Odsonne Edouard, as reported in Scotzine yesterday.

The 20-year-old frontman is poised to return to Paris Saint-Germain after impressing during his season-long loan deal at the champions.

Edouard, who became a hit with the Hoops fans with his winner at Ibrox in March and his two goals in the title-winning 5-0 rout at Parkhead the followijg month, is up for grabs in the £7million region.

He has already stated his preferred option would be to remain in Glasgow and Brendan Rodgers hopes a permanent transfer can be sealed before the June 16 deadline.

Former Hoops skipper Boyd said: “It is not big money in the realms of world football. In terms of Scottish football, yes it is, but it is not a gamble going from what we have seen given that under the stewardship of Brendan he will only get better.

“Brendan has improved so many players within the ranks here and we have seen examples of that as players have developed.

“The manager will have seen him every day which gives him an insight into it. We have seen him in games, maybe not as much as we would have liked, but the best place to see him is on the training ground.

“That isn’t quite a game situation, but it is a good reflection watching someone every day.”

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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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