Neil Lennon has named Odsonne Edouard as one of the Celtic players that wanted out the club before last season got underway.
After losing to Ferencvaros in the second round of the Champions League qualifiers Lennon refused to take any blame claiming that there were players that would rather be elsewhere. That night Patryk Klimala was an unused substitute by the man that had signed him seven months earlier.
Lennon backed down from those comments ahead of the next match against Motherwell but for many Celtic fans the rot set in against the Hungarian side followed by Lennon’s comments.
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Did Odsonne Edouard want out at Celtic?
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Kenny MacIntyre: Did he actually make it clear that he wanted away, was that clear to you as a manager?
Neil Lennon: YES. You could tell in the pre-season that his body language wasn’t just with us. I think that he was of the mindset with his representatives that a move was in the offing.
When Lennon took over as caretaker from Brendan Rodgers it was Edouard who scored a stoppage time winner in his first match in charge, away to Hearts. He repeated that a few weeks later with the only goal of the game even deeper into added time away to Dundee.
A double from Edouard clinched the 2019 Scottish Cup after Hearts had taken the lead, the Frenchman was also on target in the 2020 Cup Final which Celtic won in a penalty shoot out.