Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard is the name on everyone’s lips in Scottish football right now.
Finding sensational form in Neil Lennon’s team alongside strike partner Leigh Griffiths, the forward was today named the Scottish Premiership Player of the Month for January.
The Frenchman scored three goals in three league matches last month and has followed those up with another four in two early February games.
Teams simply can’t contain him at the moment but Hearts boss Daniel Stendel is going to give it his best shot.
He’s discussed facing the striker tomorrow night at Celtic Park as the relegation-threatened Edinburgh side make the short trip to Glasgow.
As quoted by Deadline News, the manager said: “The game starts 0-0 and I want us to try to go for three points.
We know we are playing against the best team in Scotland, with a very good offence, but we have shown before that we can win against Rangers, so why not Celtic?
“It’s a good contest for everyone on the pitch to say: ‘Against me, he does not score. Against us he does not score!’
“Everyone on the pitch needs to have the feeling that they are not alone. When it’s one against one then maybe we are not the better team, but if we can make it 11 versus one every time, then we are better.”
Celtic are no one-man team
Wanting that mentality from his side is all well and good, but putting all their energy and focus into the Frenchman could backfire big time for Hearts.
As Celtic fans know, we have a number of capable weapons throughout our team that can punish Stendel’s team tomorrow night.
There have been eight different Celtic goalscorers in our last six matches.
Lennon has found a new way and a new formation to best utilise his attacking talent and it’s naive of the Hearts boss to communicate to his players that he’s the sole threat.
It’s also a risky ploy to come to Celtic Park with the apparent attacking intent that Stendel is planning. Obviously arriving with the intention to win is noble teams find most joy against the Hoops in Glasgow when setting up with a defensive stance.
Every point is crucial to Hearts right now and they could well find themselves punished by a team that has netted 22 goals since the return from the winter break if they are too open from the off going for the victory.