Celtic must look at bringing in Chris Sutton to coach Odsonne Edouard.

The former talisman has been critical of the Frenchman and the team’s performances.

Brendan Rodgers could do some good by bringing the Englishman on board for a few training sessions.

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Lone striker in more ways than one

Edouard is Celtic’s only striker at the moment due to Leigh Griffiths’ personal issues.

He also has to play as the only man up top – a position the 20-year-old isn’t used to.

Odsonne Edouard is finding it difficult to play up front by himself in Europe. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The ex-PSG man has been struggling especially in Europe to cope with the demands and it is starting to be a bug bare on fans.

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The one man he should be looking for inspiration is not former strike partner Moussa Dembele but former European star, Sutton.

The player turned pundit is often critical of the young striker, so why can’t he help him?

How Sutton can help Edouard

The big target man scored 86 goals in his time with Celtic including massive strikes against European giants Barcelona and Juventus.

He had the know how to play off his partner or as a lone man.

 

Sutton was so good at his job Henrik Larsson has called him his favourite strike partner of his career.

Henrik Larsson hugs Chris Sutton in Celtic’s iconic 6-2 game against Rangers in 2000. (Photo by Stu Forster /Allsport)

As a lone striker, he would have his back to goal and physically hold off his defender with his hands instead of his body, putting clear space between the two men.

This allowed for a variety of options including breaking free to run forward, or release the ball to a team mate with less pressure applied on Sutton.

Chris Sutton holding off his man with his back to goal was his signature move. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/ALLSPORT)

Edouard doesn’t have these traits but they can be worked on the raw striker.

The ball seems to bounce off the Frenchman and his first touch leave a lot to be desired.

His first touch is usually an aimless pass much to the frustration of fans.

With Tom Rogic usually being the man behind him, there isn’t an able runner to knock the ball ahead to.

Sutton would teach Edouard how to use his body properly but Edouard will need extra time to work on his first touch.

Rodgers is aiming to bring two strikers in next month, Edouard must work to ensure that one of them don’t take his mantle as first choice.

 

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