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Edouard, Christie exit Celtic on busy day of transfer deals

Odsonne Edouard: joined Crystal Palace (pic: SNS Group).

Celtic’s French striker Odsonne Edouard, 23, has joined English Premier League side Crystal Palace in a deal which could be worth £18.5 million.

The forward has signed an initial four-year contract with the London club worth £14m with the option of a fifth year.

Edouard joined Celtic on loan from Paris St-Germain in 2017, the Hoops splashing out a club record fee of £9m to make the move permanent. PSG stand to earn a cut of Celtic’s profit.

The Frenchman went on to win seven trophies including three league winner’s medals and with Edouard exiting Parkhead, the Glasgow club filled the void with the signing of Greek international striker Giorgos Giakoumakis from VVV-Venlo.

In a hectic day of activity before the transfer window closed, they also brought in Benfica’s Portuguese U21 winger Filipe Jota on a season-long loan with the option to make it permanent, while Ryan Christie joined Bournemouth on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee. Suggestions are the Championship side paid around £1m for the former Inverness Caledonian Thistle player.

Celtic bid £2.1m for Giakoumakis who was last season’s top scorer in the Dutch Eredivisie with 26 goals, despite VVV-Venlo being relegated. He has made six appearances for Greece.

Minutes before the midnight deadline, the Parkhead outfit also completed the season-long loan of 23-year-old centre-half Cameron Carter-Vickers from Tottenham. Born in England, he has represented the USA at Under-23 level.

Leigh Griffiths, meanwhile, looks to have played his last game for the Hoops after joining former club Dundee on a season-long loan earlier in the day.

Griffiths signed a new one-year contract when Ange Postecoglou took over but has not played a competitive game for the new manager.

Rangers weren’t quite so active on deadline day, although they did offload Cedric Itten on loan to Bundesliga outfit Greuther Furth, while Nikola Katic also left Ibrox on loan to join Hajduk Split in Croatia.

In other notable moves in Scotland, St Johnstone‘s double cup-winning captain Jason Kerr joined Wigan on a three-year deal believed to be worth in the region of £500,000. Saints team-mate Ali McCann also bid farewell to McDiarmid Park by joining English Championship side Preston North End for a reported £1m fee.

Commenting on the deal, chairman Steve Brown said: “It is a huge sum and one we couldn’t turn down. In time, it is likely to become the club’s record transfer fee received.”

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