Provan thinks Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard can settle today's derby

By John McGinley

December 29, 2019

Pundit Davie Provan thinks Celtic will be a different team today against Rangers compared to the recent League Cup final, in part thanks to the presence of striker Odsonne Edouard, writing in his Scottish Sun column.

Neil Lennon’s team did not perform well at Hampden offensively, struggling to create chances or do much else with the ball.

It was a victory earned by our defensive resiliency and the heroics of Fraser Forster, as well as a set-piece goal of course.

However, Provan has warned Rangers that the Hoops will be a much-changed outfit today, backed by nearly 60,000 fans and able to call upon a derby specialist, French hero Edouard.

As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said: “Miles off it at Hampden in the final, Celts should be a different proposition on their own turf with a capacity crowd behind them.

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“For all Gers’ experience of playing away in the Europa League, Celtic Park will provide the ultimate laxative this lunchtime.

“Significantly, Lennon can start Odsonne Edouard today. Not fit enough to start the cup final, the striker is back up to speed and thrives in these games.”

Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Can Edouard do it again?

It was Edouard’s goal at Ibrox that set us on our way to victory there earlier in the season. That was his fifth goal against Rangers during his time at Celtic and he’s rarely let us down on these occasions.

Even in the cup final, when he came off the bench, he looked capable of terrorising the Gers defence more than any other player.

While Lennon has yet to confirm his lineup for today’s lunchtime encounter, you’d expect the Frenchman to be the first name on the teamsheet, barring late or unknown injury.

Having him available will hopefully see us perform much better from kick-off and allow us to bring the game to our visitors this afternoon.

If we play as passively as at Hampden, it could be a long afternoon.