Celtic are without a permanent manager after Neil Lennon decided to leave them behind on Wednesday morning.
It’s a decision that leaves Dermot Desmond and Peter Lawwell with some decision making to do, both in the way of finding a new manager and reshaping the squad.
On the chalkboard
One of the biggest tasks either Dominic McKay or a new manager will have is keeping hold of Odsonne Edouard.
The Frenchman has been sensational for Celtic in recent years and won their Player of the Season award last term after bagging 28 goals. He is their talisman in attack again this term and unsurprisingly, he’s attracted the eyes of the Premier League.
It feels inevitable that in much the same way the likes of Victor Wanyama and Virgil Van Dijk left Celtic behind, Edouard will do the same in a few months’ time.
Do you think Edouard will stay?
Of course not
Considering just how important he is to the Bhoys, it would be devastating if he was to leave. That’s especially when you consider the difficulties Celtic have had this season. Without him, it’s safe to say they’d be even further behind Rangers.
How can they keep him?
One way of keeping him would be to get their next managerial appointment absolutely spot on. A whole plethora of names have been mentioned in the same breath as Celtic from Frank Lampard and John Terry to Eddie Howe.
Though, one name has been Ralf Rangnick. Hoops supporters want it to happen but as revealed by commentator Derek Rae, he would have to be enthralled by the project on offer to move to Glasgow.
If it did happen, it has the potential to be game-changing for Edouard. One reason is because of the style of football he likes to play and the second is due to his approach to European football.
Described as “very demanding” by former RB Salzburg CEO Jochen Sauer, Rangnick is one of the pioneers behind the Gegenpress but importantly for Edouard, he likes his teams to play intense attacking football.
ESPN detailed how this pressing style of football, combined by attacking with positional fluidity went away from the rigid nature of previous German football.
For further context, his teams have scored 1.7 goals per game during his managerial career and he’s got the most from players of a similar age to Edouard. You only need to look at Timo Werner’s record under the 62-year-old.
He bagged 19 in 37 during the 2018/19 campaign, registering ten assists too. Coincidentally, Yussuf Poulsen also registered 19 strikes, something that demonstrates how attacking the style of football was that Rangnick played with.
With that in mind, he could be the coach to extract even more from Edouard. Couple that together with the way he led a revolution at Leipzig and the French striker would surely be appealed by working under such a manager.
Keeping him in Scotland still feels unlikely but appointing Rangnick would show ambition that’s previously been lacking at Parkhead.
AND in other news, Christie could be in trouble if Celtic hire 57 y/o coach “reminiscent to Craig Brown”…