Celtic boss won't get involved in pundit spat over Odsonne Edouard
Celtic boss Neil Lennon won’t get involved in a spat between pundits John Hartson and Gordon Strachan over Hoops forward Odsonne Edouard’s best position, the Herald reports.
Following Celtic’s midweek 6-0 win over KR Reykjavik, the former Hoops striker and manager had a heated debate over Edouard’s best position.
Duo debated best position
As captured by the Celtic TV Twitter account, Strachan was adamant that Edouard’s best position was as a ‘number 10’, whilst Hartson believes he is best as a ‘number nine’.
🗣️ 'He's best as a 10' 'No he's a 9' 'He's not, he's a 10'!
😀 Gordon Strachan & John Hartson on Celtic TV's live post-match show get heated over what Odsonne Edouard's best position is.
— Celtic TV (@CelticTV) August 19, 2020
However, Lennon is not concerned about Edouard’s best position. He feels that the player can play both and the Hoops are fortunate to have a striker who can play well on his own or with a partner.
“Odsonne’s a centre forward, so he can play both” Lennon said, as quoted by the Herald.
“He’s an outstanding footballer”
“People debate where he’s best. It depends who plays around him as well. One thing I do know is he’s an outstanding footballer, and we’re delighted to have him whether he plays up front on his own, or he plays in a two.”
Edouard has been excellent for the Hoops both as a main striker and as a partner, playing off the main striker. You only need to see how well he played with Leigh Griffiths last season for an example of that.
At the heart of it though, Edouard is a goalscorer. He was well on his way to scoring 30 goals last season before the game was cut short.
Therefore, you have to imagine that most of the time Lennon will play Edouard as his main striker. Of course, he is also more than capable of playing in a front two. He can adapt his game when required, a skill that not many strikers have.
It is a very good problem for Celtic to have. Hopefully it is one that the club has to deal with for at least another season.