Odsonne Edouard’s availability for the Betfred Cup final was certainly thrown into doubt by manager Neil Lennon yesterday.
Lenny stated post-match that he was just going to have to take things “day-by-day” with French Eddy. He did, however, state that he was back running. Here are the exact quotes from Neil on him below:
“(Edouard) just day-by-day, we’ll see how he is tomorrow. He was out running today and I think he’s come through that okay. So it’s day-by-day.”
It’s very much a cards close to the chest approach from the Hoops manager. Comments like those will make supporters worry about whether he will indeed be fit.
However, let’s not forget what Neil did in the run-up to the Betfred Cup semi-final with captain Scott Brown.
The Celtic boss cast doubt over his availability heading into the game against Hibs (Daily Record). It looked as though we may have had to get through that one without Broony.
Lennon managed the Brown case brilliantly
Yet, in what was made to be quite the surprise, Brown was announced as being in the starting XI before having a stormer. He bagged a double during the contest whilst leading his side to another final.
Lennon would then reveal post-match that Brown was never going to be left out. He stated to Celtic TV that he was, more or less, just over-playing Brown’s injury to the media, and claimed that he was always going to start.
Don’t rule out the idea of him doing the same with a player of Edouard’s ilk. After all, with the performances he’s put in against Steven Gerrard’s men over the last few years, the idea of him missing out would be a game-changer for both sides.
Rangers supporters will be keeping their fingers crossed that Eddy is sidelined. That’s enough of a reason to keep them hopeful before ripping it away from them when the teams are announced.
As well as that, there’s no need for Lennon to play him against Hamilton. That contest reads like a good chance for Leigh Griffiths or Lewis Morgan to continue building up their own game-time. So that allows him to continue the idea that Edouard could be missing. By leaving him out of the Accies game, it keeps alive the idea that he could be injured, even if he isn’t.
It’ll be interesting to see if Lenny is up to the plan that worked so well against Hibs.