What is it? The latest Old Firm derby. And for the first time in a decade Celtic face a new champion on their home turf as 2020-2021 title-winners Rangers come to visit. Rangers are on course for an unbeaten Premiership campaign, something Celtic and interim Parkhead boss John KeRead More »
Arsenal are competing with Leicester City and a handful of Europe’s biggest clubs in the race for Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard. Leicester remain the favourites to sign Edouard this summer but it is understood that Arsenal have not given up hope of persuading the 23 year-old to move to the Emirates. Arsenal are set for an overhaul of their forward line this summer, with both Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah going into the final year of their contracts. Edouard will also have one year remaining on his deal at the end of this season, meaning that Celtic will have to sell him if they want to generate any money for their top scorer. A fee in the region of £15 million to £20m is expected to be enough to lure Edouard away from Celtic, where he has scored 19 goals in 33 appearances this season. Arsenal would hope to raise a similar amount of money through the sale of Lacazette, if they decide against extending the Frenchman’s contract. Lacazette has looked certain to leave for most of this season but his recent upturn in form, including two goals in Sunday’s 3-0 win at Sheffield United, could yet prompt a change of plans for the club. Arsenal’s spending power will also be dictated by the final few weeks of the season and their hunt for European football next year. They are now reliant on winning the Europa League if they are to qualify for next season’s Champions League. Edouard is a former team-mate of Arsenal left-back Kieran Tierney and the striker has plenty of admirers south of the border. He played under Brendan Rodgers during the Leicester manager's time at Celtic. Edouard initially joined Celtic on loan in 2017 before moving on a permanent basis from Paris Saint-Germain a year later. A regular for France at youth level, he has scored 17 goals in 13 appearances for their under-21 side. It is set to be another uncertain summer for Arsenal as they continue the rebuilding process under Mikel Arteta, although they will be buoyed by the decision of teenage forward Folarin Balogun to stay at the club. Balogun, 19, is close to signing a new deal and bringing an end to months of speculation about his future. His current deal expires at the end of this season.
The Hoops made the breakthrough against Livingston thanks to James Forrest and never looked back.
Celtic are in a period of transition heading into the summer.