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03-Aug-2020, 04:48 am

Celtic boss Lennon braced for Edouard bids after rumoured Arsenal target hits hat-trick

Odsonne Edouard Celtic 2019-20

Neil Lennon expectsOdsonneEdouardto be in demand after hestarted the new season with a hat-trick in a5-1thrashingofHamilton, though Celtic intend to do all they can to keep the forward.

Arsenal are also believed to be monitoring the striker's progressas they consider potential replacements forPierre-Emerick Aubameyang, whose Emirates Stadium future remains uncertain.

The 22-year-old hit the ground running with a treble as Celtic begantheir quest to win a record 10th consecutive Scottish Premier League title with a commandingwin on Sunday.

Lennon is braced for interest in the former Paris Saint-Germain playerduring the transfer window, buthehopes to keephold ofhis prized asset.

Asked about rumouredinterest in Edouard, the Celtic boss said: "We can't help that, it's inevitable. But we'll try to stave off any admirers. I'm sure there are plenty out there, but we love having him here and I'm sure he’s enjoying it.

"He'll be well on the radar of clubs before the start of this season. He had 28 goals up until March last season and I was delighted with that goal return.

“I was delighted with the goals he got too, he was on the end of things and that pleased me.

“I was really pleased, he scored great goals. His volume of goals is really pleasing me.

“They were striker's goals. Normally you associateOdsonnewith brilliant individual goals, but there were a few tap-ins and a near-post run.

"I'm absolutely thrilled and I'm sure he's happy, but we are as a team looking to build on what we've started with."

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