Celtic's Christopher Jullien on his Odsonne Edouard message vs Aberdeen

By David Walton

December 22, 2019

Celtic defender Christopher Jullien’s message to Odsonne Edouard against Aberdeen ended up being prophetic.

The Bhoys extended their advantage to five points clear of Rangers once again with a positive display against the Dons. It may only have been 2-1, but Celtic came out of the game having fired in 28 shots at goal (BBC).

Edouard had a few of them in the first half as he struggled to make his usual impact. Joe Lewis was forced into a good stop from the Frenchman, but after failing to score against Hearts, he was certainly itching to get on the scoresheet.

Odsonne Edouard now has 15 goals for the season (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Thankfully, after some neat combination play with Ryan Christie, he did just that as he netted the winner. Jullien has been bigging his countryman up post-match too, and speaking in the Scottish Sun, he revealed the message he gave Eddy at half-time.

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“I said to him at half-time, ‘Don’t worry, man, you’re going to score’. He’s been unbelievable since the beginning of the year. We know that he has that threat and if he keeps having chances it is going to come.

“He is calm and he is going to score goals. I told him at the end he should have had five or six. But he knows his strengths and we really trust in him.

“He is just Odsonne. He is like this in real life and on the field. He is one of the best strikers I have played with in the final ten metres.”

The big-game player is at it once again

There was no reason for Edouard to be feeling frustrated at half-time. Sure, he may have struggled to make much of an impact in the first 45, but his contribution to the cause in recent weeks has been vital.

Edouard’s contribution this season has been vital to our success (Massimo Insabato/Archivio Massimo Insabato/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)

Against Hearts on Wednesday night, his sensational back-heel set up Ryan Christie’s opener. Days beforehand against Hibernian, he managed to get on the scoresheet to put us 2-0 ahead. It’s not as if there’s been any sort of barren run in recent times.

During the game yesterday, he was at the heart of everything vibrant for Celtic. He was a tremendous focal point, and his link-up play with those around him proved crucial once again.

Of course, it was great to see him back on the scoresheet this season. Eddy really is a big-game player, and has now netted in every league game we’ve played in against the top five this season. That means he’s bagged in all Premiership games against Rangers, Aberdeen, Motherwell, and Kilmarnock respectively. A fine stat for the big man.

Christopher Jullien had words of wisdom for Edouard at half-time (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

You wouldn’t have found many inside Parkhead that would’ve been doubting his talent at half-time yesterday. It didn’t make things easier that Sam Cosgrove had managed to level the game and allowed Derek McInnes’ men to put 10 men behind the ball.

But Odsonne found the answers just when we needed him to once again. Jullien’s message, in the end, proved to be absolutely spot on.