Odsonne Edouard is building his burgeoning reputation with every outing.

If I had any advice for Celtic fans, it would be to enjoy this lad while he’s here because it isn’t going to be for much longer.

Edouard has followed Moussa Dembele’s path by sparking at Parkhead and going into the France Under-21 set-up to do the same.

Dembele ended up heading out of the door for big money and Edouard is going to be doing the same very soon. He really is developing into the real deal.

 

I’ve made my points about the fact there are still aspects of his game which need to be worked upon and that there are areas where he could improve.

Consistency has also been a factor for me.

But, in terms of where he is at this stage of his career, he is really going places and the last fortnight have just heightened his stock both in Scotland and back in France.

While Alfredo Morelos can’t even be trusted by his manager to start an Old Firm game, Edouard makes the difference. The goal before he departed for international duty at Ibrox set the champions on their way to inflicting a damaging defeat on Rangers.

Once away, he got his first two opportunities to play for the France Under-21 team against Albania and Czech Republic and managed to bag four goals. That was a strong statement.

Edouard is coming to people’s attention outside of Scotland and little wonder. He’s progressing at a rapid rate.

I’ve seen the stories saying Lyon are monitoring him. Well that’s as obvious as tomorrow being Sunday.

If you are club who signs a young striker because they banged in goals at Celtic, started doing the same for the French Under-21 side and then went to your club and became a star attracting interest from the likes of Manchester United, then you’d want to be having a serious chat with your recruitment department if another lad is doing exactly the same and you’re not keeping a close eye on it.

Of course they will be watching him. So will plenty of others and, with this season going to be his third completed term at Parkhead when it’s done, the time will be right for him to go in terms of the pathway.

 

It’s a sad scenario for the Celtic fans, but they know the deal. You don’t get these players to sign on the premise of moving onto bigger things in their careers if you don’t let them go when their time comes.

It was the same with Dembele. Virgil van Dijk, Victor Wanyama and those lads. It has to be the same for Edouard, but before he goes, he can be an absolute wrecking ball for the champions if he keeps progressing.

If there are a couple of fundamental aspects of his game which might need a bit of work still as he matures, there is no questioning his ability to rise to the big occasions and be ice-cool in the moment.

His finishing when he gets into the positions is absolutely sensational. Was there really anyone watching the Old Firm game a fortnight ago who didn’t think he was going to score when he went through one-on-one on Allan McGregor?

Or when he went through against Hearts at Hampden in the Scottish Cup Final with a treble Treble on the line and hit the winner in his duel with Bobby Zlamal?

Edouard is scoring in big games. European ties. It’s a shame for him he hasn’t had the chance to showcase his talents in the group stages of the Champions League because that’s where Dembele really made his mark.

The striker and his attacking mates could not have done much more against Cluj only for the boys at the back to have a collective brain freeze and get themselves knocked out.

However, Edouard will be absolutely relishing the first Europa League group game against Stade Rennes on Thursday.

I’d imagine someone like Olivier Ntcham is thinking exactly the same thing.

Having gone back to his homeland to shine for the Under-21 team over the past eight days, this will be another massive opportunity for Edouard to show his value and the games against Lazio later in the group stages are also high profile.

Big performances and goals in good Celtic performances will only see the vultures swoop lower and lower over Parkhead. It’s not a reason for the Celtic fans to get downhearted. It’s just the reality of the modern game and the footballing food chain.

 

If Edouard attracts big clubs to the table in the same way as Dembele and Kieran Tierney have done in the past, that a good thing for the champions.

Not only does it bring more money into the coffers when the time comes, it also strengths their chances of signing the next Dembele or Edouard when he
comes along.

What we are seeing now is the progressing of a boy who is destined for very big things.

In that sense, the supporters should savour every moment he’s there because his time for leaving is fast approaching.