Odsonne Edouard’s Twitter absolutely blew up yesterday after he fired back at suggestions he wasn’t interested at Celtic.

The French superstar failed to score a goal in pre-season before notching an opening-day hat-trick when competitive action kicked off yesterday.

Odsonne Edouard scores for Celtic against Hamilton

Odsonne Edouard scores for Celtic against Hamilton / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

His lack of goals in the warm-up matches, however, prompted some criticism from ex-Celt Frank McAvennie. Macca stated that Edouard had looked “disinterested” in pre-season and that he had the look of a player who didn’t want to be at Parkhead (Football Insider).

This prompted the French hot-shot to paraphrase McAvennie’s comments followed by three football emojis to symbolise the hat-trick scored against Hamilton in a 5-1 rout at Parkhead yesterday. Unsurprisingly, the Celtic supporters lept to the defence of Edouard last night. Here’s a look at some of the reaction to the post:

 

The friendly obsession that helps nobody

Far too often in football do pre-season friendlies get taken far too seriously. Yes, the players would ideally like to win every game they play, but tune-up games are all about fitness and absolutely nothing more.

To label a player uninterested because he’s failed to score in matches that mean nothing is extremely unfair. If Edouard had been waltzing around for the first five games of the season without bothering to exert himself, then you can hit out with comments like that.

It all comes from taking friendly matches way too seriously. We want Celtic to win every game, but we have to take into consideration that in matches that aren’t competitive, the players won’t be giving it their all. They’re glorified kickabouts. Surely Macca would understand that more than most.

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Former Celtic hero Frank McAvennie

Former Celtic hero Frank McAvennie (Photo by Vagelis Georgariou/ActionPlus/Corbis via Getty Images)

It also perhaps doesn’t help that Edouard’s style of play appears very laid back to the naked eye. At times he can drift around the final third with a light jog and look as though he isn’t into the game much. But when the ball arrives at his feet he’s always looking to link the play and get something going.

There was absolutely no doubt that Edouard was going to get on the scoresheet yesterday. He thrives when games mean something, and the 5-1 win over Hamilton certainly did. It’s no wonder supporters have got the big man’s back – he’s going to be huge for us once again this season.

In other news, we take a look at why Celtic refused to let Vakoun Bayo go to St Mirren in January.

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