Glasgow Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard has indicated a desire to represent France during the Olympic Games next year, which could impact on the Scottish giants’ pre-season plans for 2020-21.
Should the Hoops ace be selected, it effectively means that he would miss the Parkhead outfit’s qualifiers in either the Champions League or Europa League.
The 2020 U-23 football tournament during the 2023 Tokyo Olympics is set to run between July 23-August 8 and France are widely tipped to qualify for the event.
Celtic would begin their Europa League or Champions League bid next season from either July 7 or 9 and will play around eight games in eight weeks.
Should France do well and reach the final of the Olympics, Edouard could be set to miss up to five of his club’s qualifiers.
“It’s a very important competition, one that every sportsman dreams of participating in,” the Celtic ace said, according to The Sun.
“I have waited a long time to be called up by France at this level and I am keen to do well so I make an impression.”
The 21-year-old is one of Celtic’s most important players.
Edouard has been in good touch this season and has so far scored 13 goals from 24 games in all competitions.
Neil Lennon’s Celtic side will be looking to retain the Scottish Premiership this season, as well as excel in the Europa League. If Edouard continues to fire this season, they may just do that.
It is hard to really blame Edouard for wanting to be part of his nation’s Olympic campaign.
In addition to winning some international silverware, a strong showing in the tournament could allow him to put himself on the radar of the French national team ahead of the 2022 World Cup.
Unfortunately even strong showings for Celtic are unlikely to put him on the radar of the 2018 world champions as they have a number of strikers playing in Europe’s top five leagues.