Odsonne Edouard goal can provide blueprint to Celtic derby success

By John Reid

December 28, 2019

When looking ahead to Celtic’s game against Rangers on Sunday, all eyes will be on Odsonne Edouard. The Hoops striker only played around 30 minutes of the last meeting between the teams, but that was enough to have a big impact on the game.

Now that he is fit once more, he can play from the start, and hopefully become Celtic’s match-winner. Neil Lennon will no doubt be looking for Edouard to make the difference for the Hoops in the game, and if he studies a game between the sides from last season, he could see a blueprint that could help the Hoops achieve victory.

Manager should take heed of Hoops goal

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In Lennon’s first derby as Celtic caretaker manager in March, the Hoops defeated Rangers 2-1. Most people will probably remember Alfredo Morelos’ first-half red card as the most notable incident of the game. However, Lennon should focus on Celtic’s opening goal.

It came about thanks to a superb breakaway from Edouard. He took the ball from just on the halfway line, and ran at the Rangers defence.

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Rivals couldn’t cope with player’s skill and movement

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They couldn’t cope with his skill and movement, and he curled the ball into the back of the net. That goal can provide a blueprint on how to win Sunday’s derby for the Hoops.

Get the ball to Edouard, and let him run at the Rangers defence. It is as simple as that. They couldn’t cope with Edouard in the Betfred Cup Final, and he only played in the second-half of that game. He has more game time since, and will be raring to go to help the Hoops clinch the three points.

If Neil Lennon is able to get Edouard on the ball and running at the Rangers defence, then it could turn out to be a very memorable last Celtic game of the decade for everyone connected with the club.