Celtic legend Chris Sutton gives his Betfred Cup Final prediction
Celtic legend Chris Sutton has given his prediction for Sunday’s Betfred Cup Final. The former Hoops striker has tipped Celtic to win the game – but it depends on the fitness of Odsonne Edouard. The French striker has missed Celtic’s last few games, but has returned to training this week.
Sutton gave his view on the final whilst appearing on BT Sport on Saturday morning.
“Favour Celtic just slightly”
“If he is fit then you would have to favour Celtic just slightly. If Edouard is fit I think, and a lot of the smart people up there feel, he can maybe expose the Rangers centre-halves.”
Edouard’s availability or not will probably be the dominant story between now and kick-off on Sunday afternoon. He is so important to the way Celtic play that if he is misses the game it will be a real blow for Neil Lennon’s side.
Lewis Morgan has done well as Edouard’s replacement, but a Glasgow derby cup final night be too big a game for the player, who it should be remembered is a winger.
Manager is giving player a chance to take part
The good news for Celtic is that Neil Lennon seems to be giving the player every chance of taking part in the game. He told STV on Friday that there is a ‘very good chance’ he will start the game for the Hoops.
Only time will tell if Edouard will make the game for the Hoops. It should be pointed out though, that even if Edouard can’t make the game then the Celtic squad have plenty of other attacking players who can damage Rangers.
It would be a real blow if Edouard isn’t even on the bench, but the likes of Ryan Christie, James Forrest and possibly even Leigh Griffiths are capable of stepping up for the cup final.
Hoops boss Neil Lennon will probably disagree with Sutton’s assessment that the result of the cup will depend on Edouard’s availability – Celtic might get a chance to prove that on Sunday.