Celtic legend Lubo Moravcik has offered his take on Odsonne Edouard.
The Hoops hero, who signed for the Bhoys at the ripe old age of 33, has been watching the Euro U21s with interest. An outrageously talented midfielder who represented both the former Czechoslovakia and Slovakia knows a thing or two about international football, after all.
In terms of Odsonne Edouard, who scored for France in the tournament two days ago, Lubo had plenty to say. Revered by his team-mates during his time at Celtic [Sky Sports], Lubo offered the young Frenchman some sage advice. He told the Glasgow Times:
“I have watched a lot of Odsonne.
“There was a point a few months ago when I felt I was talking about him to everybody. France were in the same group as Slovakia so I saw that game and a lot of the French games. He was really impressive. He is a very talented player.
“But for any player, wherever he goes next he will want to play. And if he leaves Celtic to go to the English Premier League or another club who have a lot of resources, he will face more competition to play every week. At 23, he is at the stage of his career where he needs now to be playing every week.
“He won’t want to have to take the time to prove himself, he will want to start games right away. So his mindset when he goes back to Celtic should be that he needs to be at his best. He has a Scottish Cup campaign to play in and it would be a nice way for him to finish off his time at the club if he was to go out with some more silverware.”
Lubo: keen on Odsonne Edouard, but also had much to say about Celtic and the Scottish Premiership
Moravcik wasn’t done there, though. The interview turned to Celtic, Rangers and the title. Moravcik, signed by Dr Jo Venglos in 1998, won back-to-back titles with the Bhoys under Martin O’Neill. He claims that the Celtic players should look forward to next season. The gap between Scotland’s biggest sides, he says, is by no means insurmountable.
Moravcik continued [Glasgow Times]:
“I actually think that part of the problem for Celtic this season was that they had too many players who have been excellent for the last few seasons all off it at different times in the season. [I] don’t think that the league table shows a true gap between the teams.
“[Having] watched the last two games between Celtic and Rangers and I also watched Rangers in the Europa League when they played Slavia Prague. I thought they were physical and strong and organised but they are not unbeatable.
“I was watching so many of the results come in after Christmas and it was Rangers 1-0, 1-0, 1-0… they were beating teams without really dominating them. If I was a Celtic player I would look forward to next season. There isn’t a huge amount between the two sides.”
Interesting stuff from a bona fide Celtic favourite. Now Vice-President of the Slovak Football Association, Moravick isn’t just a Bhoys hero. He’s also a valuable voice and potentially a useful contact for the club in central and Eastern Europe.
Also, it’s just always good to hear from the man. In his pomp, he used to do stuff like this.
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