May 18, 2024

Odsonne Edouard was never going to be able to make a name for himself at Paris Saint-Germain after having a really bad season on loan with Toulouse in the 2016–17 campaign. As a result, he ended up on loan at Celtic.

 

Even though his first season in Scotland wasn’t particularly memorable, he made enough of an impression to persuade the Premiership team to pay €10.3 million for him in 2018. He then paid that money back with impressive performances.

Odsonne Edouard completes switch from Celtic to Crystal Palace | The  Independent

Every week, the website of Paris Saint-Germain selects a previous academy product to have an interview with them. This week, it was Odsonne Edouard’s chance to talk about the behind-the-scenes happenings that resulted in his move to Celtic.

 

Enjoying the experience at Toulouse, he returned to the Ligue 1 giants in hope of convincing the manager at the time, Unai Emery, but it wasn’t to be.
He said: “At that time, it was very complicated to establish myself in the PSG attack.

 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and then Edison Cavani piled on the goals! When I returned to the club, the manager told me that he was not counting on me because he had recruited Hatem Ben Arfa and Jesé in attack, more experienced players. So I decided to try my luck elsewhere, which is how I signed for Celtic FC.”

 

This loan move, followed by the subsequent permanent transfer means Edouard has never represented Paris Saint-Germain professionally, which he described as ‘more of disappointment than a regret’.

 

Celtic won’t care one bit, however, since they benefitted hugely from all this, as the striker quickly became a fan favourite, scoring 87 goals and assisting another 38 in 179 appearances for the Parkhead club over the span of four years. He was then sold by Celtic to Crystal Palace in 2021 for €16.3m.

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