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Lennon says Celtic striker Edouard ‘could play in the Premier League’

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has admitted that striker Odsonne Edouard has the quality to ‘play in the Premier League’ following his recent hot-streak.

The 22-year-old has scored eight goals in as many Scottish Premiership matches, including seven in his last four outings, helping Celtic open up a seven-point advantage over Rangers in what has been a hotly contested title race.

His recent vein of form has taken his tally to 24 goals for the season, with former Celtic and Arsenal striker Charlie Nicholas claiming he is better than former Hoops striker Moussa Dembele.

Speaking ahead of Celtic’s game against Hearts on Wednesday, Neil Lennon admitted that he is expecting ‘enquiries’ for the Frenchman’s services, admitting he has the quality to play at the highest level.

“He is super-talented,” he said at his pre-match press conference.

“He could play in the Premier League and Champions League, no question, with the form he is in.

“At 22 he is has it all in front of him. I just hope he keeps getting better and better with us.

“I don’t know [if we can keep him]. We have had no enquiries for him but I am sure somewhere down the line for someone of that quality there will be.”

Despite suggestions the striker could move south of the border, Lennon insisted that Edouard is happy at Celtic Park, and is a well-liked member of the Scottish champions’ squad.

“He is quite laid back in general,” he said.

“The players love him, coaches love him obviously and the fans love him so he is in a very good place.

“I think he is happy here. He is really enjoying what he is doing. I think he is having his best season so far here for sure.”

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