CELTIC’S £9million striker Odsonne Edouard has been included on the final 20-player shortlist for the prestigious 2018 European Golden Boy Award.

The prize from Italian publication Tuttosport is in recognition of the best Under-21 performer on the continent and is decided by a panel of journalists.

An initial 40-man list was compiled last month and the Hoops’ former Paris Saint-German frontman has made it to the final stage.

He faces some stiff competition, however, with ex-PSG team-mate Kylian Mbappe favourite to win the award for the second successive year.

Edouard, 20, enjoyed a successful loan spell in his first campaign at Parkhead to ensure manager Brendan Rodgers made the move permanent in the summer.

He has claimed 18 goals in 45 appearances for the champions, including the fourth in the 5-0 win over Dundee at Dens Park in midweek.

Full shortlist:

Kylian Mbappe (PSG), Odsonne Edouard (Celtic), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Kelvin Amian Adou (Toulouse), Houssem Aouar (Lyon), Josip Brekalo (Wolfsburg), Patrick Crutone (AC Milan), Dani Olmo (Dinamo Zagreb), Tom Davies (Everton), Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax), Diogo Dalot (Manchester Utd), Eder Militao (Porto), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Gedson Fernandes (Benfica), Amadou Haidara (RB Salzburg), Achraf Hakimi (Borussia Dortmund), Nanitamo Ikone (Lille), Justin Kluivert (Roma), Dayot Upamecano (RB Leipzig) and Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid).



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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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