Neil Lennon says Odsonne Edouard is going nowhere but should Celtic fans be concerned that if a good offer comes in the Frenchman will be off?
Keith Jackson: There’s something not quite right about Edouard. Injured one minute, fit enough to play for France Under- 21s the next, then too tired to start against Livingston on Saturday. It suggests his head is already some place else. This normally ends one way.
Gavin Berry: Of course they’ll be worried. It’s a familiar story in Scotland so they’ve seen it before. Neil Lennon says he is “hoping” he will be a Celtic player at the end of the window but they will be fearing a bid they can’t refuse or the player saying he wants to go.
Scott Burns: I would be genuinely worried. Top clubs are always looking for top players and Edouard falls into that category. There is no doubt there will be bids and it will all come down to whether or not a club meets the board’s valuation.
Gordon Parks ‘Not for Sale’ isn’t a phrase which has applied to Celtic for decades when it comes to their top talents. Lennon can say what he wants but he knows when the big offer comes in for Edouard then the Frenchman will be off.
Lawrence Shankland scored his first Premiership goal on Saturday and it was a beauty. Is it too soon to parachute him straight into the next Scotland squad?
KJ: Of course it isn’t. Shankland has already got a Scotland goal under his belt. Now that he’s back scoring for United then he goes straight into Steve Clarke’s group.
GB: No, get him back in the squad and, as well as Lyndon Dykes did in the last two games, there’s even a case to be made for him starting ahead of the QPR man or even alongside him in a two-pronged attack.
SB: Not at all. Clarke named him in the last squad so why wouldn’t he include him in next month’s squad? Shankland scored a great goal and will score a good few more in the Premiership. He has earned his Scotland place and I’d expect him to keep it.
GP: He’s the most instinctive, natural finisher we have at our disposal and it’s great to see him back fit and scoring. Shankland could yet prove to be the answer to Clarke’s prayers.
Is Steven Gerrard right to call for Premiership clubs to pay for the testing of lower-league players who face top-flight opposition in the Betfred Cup?
GB: No, because the minimum cash earned from participating in the competition more than covers the cost of testing when they meet top-flight opposition and only one group has more than one Scottish Premiership club.
SB: The majority of the television and sponsorship monies go to the Premiership clubs so why shouldn’t they help? Every penny is a prisoner for all our clubs. Maybe the SPFL should keep money aside and put it in a Covid fund to help with issues like this.
GP: Lower-league clubs are on life support and our Premiership clubs should bail out some of them by paying the testing costs. This is a time for solidarity across our game and it was terrific to hear Gerrard’s remarks, which buck football’s selfish trends.
Robert MacIntyre made it three cuts out of three in Majors by making the weekend at the US Open. Does the young Scot have what it takes to win one of the big ones at some point?
KJ: It’s early days but he’s certainly moving quickly in the right direction. The experience he’s picking up in the big events is invaluable and can only hold him in good stead in the future.
GB: If this is how he plays when he has spent little over a year as a professional then you have to say he has the potential to land one of the Majors.
SB: The fact he has made three Major cuts is a statement of intent in itself. With more top level experience and a bit of luck there is no reason why he can’t. Paul Lawrie has already shown that anything is possible.
GP: Hopefully yes but he still has much to prove. His display at a notoriously difficult course will do wonders for his confidence but whether he can continue the upward curve remains to be seen as a new generation of stars are already emerging.