Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard has been described as “magnificent” and “absolutely incredible” by boss Neil Lennon.
The Frenchman scored goal number 19 and bagged assist number eight of the season against Rangers on Sunday. The towering front-man has been one of Lennon’s real saviors in recent weeks too. Late goals against Hearts, Dundee, and his Rangers strike have helped pull Celtic 13 points clear at the top of the Premiership.
It’s one heck of a time to be racking up some goalscoring form, but that’s why Edouard cost £9million in the first place.
Lennon has since lavished praise on his new hero too. Speaking in the Celtic View (Volume 54, Issue 36, Page 5), the Hoops interim head couldn’t help but talk up the former PSG kid.
“I thought Odsonne was magnificent against Rangers. He was absolutely incredible. I think it was the best I’ve seen him in his time here, in fact, and I’ve watched a number of Celtic games prior to coming in since he came to the club.
“He really was the standout player on Sunday. He scored a brilliant goal, he made a brilliant assist, and he gave the opposing centre-halves all the trouble he could muster.”
There can be no denying Edouard’s impact
Edouard has certainly had his injury problems this season. Some niggling knocks have halted him from really taking Scottish football by storm. Despite that, he’s just one goal shy of 20 this term. Important strikes against the likes of Rangers, RB Leipzig, Rosenborg, and RB Salzburg shows his quality.
We’ll all have our own opinions on what Eddy’s best game has been since arriving at the club. For Lennon, however, it’s fair to say he owes the Frenchman a fair few pints if he gets the job.
What many forget about Edouard is that he’s only 21. He’s basically a baby in footballing terms and has so much development left in him that it’s scary. His work has been going under the radar this season, but three vital goals under Lennon has helped push him into the spotlight.
He’s going to be our big-hitter between now and the end of the season. If it’s a successful climax to the campaign, you can guarantee Edouard will have played a big part in it. He’s proving to be Lennon’s MVP, and has likely almost single-handedly kept the Northern Irishman in the running for the job.
Tonight he’s been rested by the interim boss for the trip to St Mirren. But if he doesn’t come off the bench, you can guarantee it won’t be long before he’s back hammering home important strikes once again.