ODSONNE EDOUARD does NOT need to quit Celtic to realise his ambitions of playing for France.

That’s the verdict of his countryman Christopher Jullien who believes his team-mate can hit the international big-time while performing for the eight-in-a-row champions.

Edouard has been linked with several clubs in this transfer window after hitting 17 goals for the Hoops and 11 for his nation’s Under-21 outfit.

The powerful and skilful youngster has caught the eye on the domestic front and in Europe with his exploits in leading Neil Lennon’s men to the last 32 of the Europa League where they will play FC Copenhagen next month.

Celtic have absolutely no intention of allowing the flamboyant frontman, who cost a club record £9million when he joined from Paris Saint-Germain in July 2018, to move anywhere during such a colossal campaign.

And Jullien, bought for £7million from Toulouse in the summer, believes Edouard has got what it takes to gatecrash Didier Deschamps’ World Cup-winning squad.

The central defender, speaking to the Daily Record, insisted: “He could, why not? I think he could.

“The French team have a lot of good players and it’s one of the best teams in the world, so it’s not easy.

“He has to work for it, but in his mind he wants to and I’m sure if he works hard enough it will come, for sure.

“The French love Celtic and, with what we achieved in the first part of the season in the Europa League and so on, they follow us.

“Odsonne is now the best young striker of the French national scene. So why not?

“Why not aspire to be a Celtic player in the French national team. That would be great.”



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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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