Former Celtic striker Frank McAvennie has moved to cool the mini-feud between himself and current Hoops forward Odsonne Edouard.
McAvennie told Football Insider last week that Edouard looked disinterested and that he seemed as though he didn’t want to be at Parkhead. The French forward then bagged a fine hat-trick on opening day against Hamilton yesterday and subsequently posted on social media with a jibe of his own.
That seemed as though it would be the end of it, but McAvennie has come out and responded to the post this afternoon. And in fairness to him, there was no bitterness from Macca as he claimed that Edouard was just having “a bit of fun”.
Speaking to the Scottish Sun today, here’s a look at McAvennie’s response:
“He came out and had a wee bit of fun with me. I saw it this morning and just liked it. I’ve not got a problem with that. Listen, the boys like Scotty Brown all know me. I didn’t mean anything by it. They’ll be having a good laugh about it in the dressing room.
“But I didn’t say he wasn’t interested in playing for Celtic, I never said he wants to move. All I said was he didn’t look interested in that specific game against Ross County with nothing to play for in an empty stadium.
“It was all about fitness. That’s basically all I was saying. It wasn’t a slant on Eddie that’s for sure. But who am I to talk about pre-season friendlies because I never won one! He’s a big-game player and I’m delighted that he came out and scored a hat-trick. It was brilliant, he should have scored four!”
No harm done and we move on
It’s debatable as to whether Edouard was having “a bit of fun” or not. He clearly doesn’t like being accused of not being interested, as the centre-forward doesn’t often get involved in social media bickering.
Regardless, it’s good for McAvennie to get his own response out to the post. It clearly hasn’t annoyed him, and as a Celtic man, he’ll have surely been as happy as anyone that Edouard did the business against Hamilton.
What it has proven, however, is that you should question Edouard’s ability or mentality at your peril. The towering Frenchman has a habit of answering critics when the competitive action starts.
He’ll most likely be leading the line against Kilmarnock on Sunday unless injury dictates. It would take a brave man to bet against him adding to the trio of goals netted against Accies.