Celtic dominate Billy Dodds' team of the season; also names Edouard his player of the year

By John McGinley

April 19, 2020

Celtic players have dominated Billy Dodds’ selection for team of the season, despite his Rangers leanings, The Scottish Mail on Sunday reports (19/04 print edition, page 126).

Six of the eleven positions in Dodds’ lineup are taken up by stars from Neil Lennon’s superb Hoops squad; Jeremie Frimpong, Callum McGregor, Scott Brown, Ryan Christie, James Forrest and Odsonne Edouard.

Dodds has also named Edouard his player of the year, ahead of his other big contenders Brown and McGregor.

The former Scotland international had glowing praise for all his Celtic selections.

He seemed excited by Christie in particular, telling the paper: “He was so thrilling to watch in those European games against Lazio and Rennes, too. It was all dynamism with added quality, he was just so desperate to do well on the big stage.

“He is infectious. Tom Rogic has quality but does it at his own pace. Christie can be silky too but he is also energetic. He can play that slide-rule pass but he does it at speed. I like that.”

Just one player from second-placed side Rangers makes the list despite Dodds playing with the Ibrox outfit for years and being regularly found on the airwaves putting across a blue point of view.

Celtic star Ryan Christie / (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

It’s further proof that Lennon’s Celtic deserve any prizes coming their way over the next period, even if the schedule of 38 games is not completed.

The Bhoys have been far and away the best team in the country for the ninth successive season and show no signs of slowing things down ahead of a ten-in-a-row campaign next term.

It’ll be fantastic to see all six of these players back in action then, alongside the rest of the heroes in the current squad.