Celtic should keep Odsonne Edouard as a striker

By Connor Gordon

March 4, 2019

Celtic eased passed Hibernian on Saturday and will go into the hat for the Scottish Cup semi-final.

However, as the dust settles on the tie, one glaring tactical decision stands out above them all.

Odosonne Edouard was played behind the striker Oliver Burke and the Frenchman didn’t seem comfortable.

This is something that shouldn’t happen again.

Edouard’s rawness lets him down behind striker

Celtic take pride in their players’ versatility but the 21-year-old isn’t one of these.

Moussa Dembélé is a striker that Odsonne Edouard should be emulating. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He was brought in permanently to do a job as a striker and replacement to Moussa Dembélé.

Pre-match you can understand Neil Lennon’s decision making as the Irishman likes two strikers playing.

Edouard is a tall figure who can hold the ball up and every Celtic fan knows of Burke’s athleticism.

However, where the recognised striker’s play falters is when it comes to his first touch which leaves a lot to be desired.

The ball was bouncing off him too many times, stopping many attacking moves by the Hoops.

French Eddy is a scorer not a provider. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

French Eddy should be the man knocking the ball into the net rather than being a provider.

What needs to change?

This isn’t to say in future that once the Frenchman becomes more rounded that he can’t play there.

Furthermore, this shouldn’t also rule him out playing with a partner as a two up top.

Burke isn’t a recognised striker and his loan deal ends at the close of the season.

Oliver Burke celebrates with captain Scott Brown. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Whoever the manager is for next season will get the opportunity to decide the shape next season.

Some will argue that Edouard was the provider for one of the Celtic goals.

This is an example of where assists charts aren’t great as this only came after his failed opportunity and the work was done mainly by Scott Brown.

We can put this down to a failed experiment by the manager but one thing is for sure, it didn’t work and shouldn’t happen again.