Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard picks Bayern Munich star as his toughest opponent

By Euan Davidson

May 22, 2021

If Celtic fans wanted any content from the club regarding Odsonne Edouard, it would’ve been a new contract.

Alas, no. But instead, we got a very entertaining Q+A with the Frenchman this morning [Celtic TV]. Edouard named new Bayern Munich defender Dayot Upamecano as his toughest opponent. Having faced the French defender when he played for RB Leipzig, Edouard didn’t take long to figure out his answer.

Edouard said [Celtic TV]:

“Upamecano against Leipzig, because we have played together for France, so he knew me well. So it’s very complicated to play against him.

Upamecano, somehow a bargain at €42.5m [Sky Sports], is a very classy defender. Very much the modern ball-playing centre back, with considerable physicality and athleticism, he’d been linked with Liverpool and Chelsea. Ultimately, though, the lure of Bavaria was too much to resist.

Although Upamecano was a tough opponent, Edouard actually got the better of him before. In a brilliant night at Celtic Park, Edouard scored the winner as the Bhoys beat RB Leipzig in the Europa League [BBC]. On an underrated evening of European football in Celtic folklore, Eddy secured a winner just seconds after the German side equalised. Kieran Tierney scored the opener after just 11 minutes.

Bayern-bound centre-back Dayot Upamecano / (Photo by Boris Streubel – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Odsonne Edouard is right to pick out Bayern Munich star, but other answers are very interesting

It wasn’t just his toughest opponent.

There were shout-outs for another French youngster. Jonathan Ikoné of Lille, another vanquished European foe, was named as the striker’s best pal in football. As for his favourite goal in a Celtic shirt? There’s plenty of competition, but it was the goal that sealed the Treble Treble.

Quite right, too. When all is said and done about Edouard at Celtic, that’s perhaps the goal that will stick out the most. Reacting to a driven header from Mikael Lustig, Eddy cooly picked the ball up and eyed the Hearts keeper before cooly slotting home, and sending every Celtic supporter into utter euphoria [Scottish Cup].

It seems we’ve probably seen the last of Odsonne Edouard in a Celtic shirt. I’d love to say that his doing in-house media with the club implies there’s more going than we think, but I can’t.

We’ll miss you, French Eddy.

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