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Neil Lennon has reiterated Edouard did not play in the win over Livingston because the player was struggling with fatigue – what’s more it was the striker who made the call and told the gaffer.

Eddy was out injured before the international break then got game time for the France under 21s. Coming back, the striker played in the game against County and then St Mirren.

His omission from the team two weeks before the transfer deadline has got tongues wagging but Neil Lennon can’t be any clearer at the moment about the state of play when it comes to Eddy’s future.

“We do not want to sell. We have had no bids or confirmed interest in him.” Lennon confirmed to RecordSport.

“I am hoping that by the end of the window he will still be a Celtic player.

“He’s a great kid, his attitude has been absolutely fine.

“He is not causing any problems behind the scenes as far as I’m aware.

“He was honest enough to say he wasn’t fit enough to start and I have to take his word on that.

“Odsonne is not for sale. A lot of this is rumbling on behind the scene and it’s just speculation at the minute.

“The club will do what the club does best for the club and we’ll act accordingly if and when any scenario comes up like we always do.”

The Celtic manager did, however, also confirm there’s a contingency plan in place should Celtic sell the striker before the deadline. The way Lenny puts it, if it were an outrageous bid, the club would look to act quickly to make sure they’re not short for their title charge.

“Of course, we have a contingency if something outrageous happened. We have a number of options but we don’t want that scenario to develop.

“I know there will be a lot of talk about Odsonne but he’ll be fit and ready for Thursday and we know what a top player he can be.”

Eddy’s pretty much had speculation surrounding his future since he got here on a permanent basis. We can never say never at Celtic when it comes to player sales, unfortunately. At least the manager has made his feelings known.

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