It all started for Odsonne Edouard against Hamilton

By Hamish Carton

September 9, 2019

Odsonne Edouard will make his return to Hamilton this weekend – the place where it all started for him at Celtic.

Back in September 2017, the Frenchman made his debut against the Lanarkshire side. The 19-year-old started the game due to injuries to Leigh Griffiths and Moussa Dembele, and put in a tireless shift in a 3-1 win.

Edouard even netted his first goal for the club at New Douglas Park, and earned some glowing praise from then Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers.

“Odsonne got a round of applause from the players and the staff in the changing room at the end,” Rodgers revealed to the Scottish Sun.

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“It was a big compliment, and a good start to his Celtic career. He left Paris where it was 30-odd degrees, and came to Glasgow where it’s been raining all week.

“We also had to train under the floodlights on Thursday at 11am and I looked at him and he probably wondered what he’d let himself in for.

“But Edouard’s running ability and his power suits the way we play. He’s 19 and has all the physical attributes that I want.”

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Edouard has come on leaps and bounds since that first Hamilton clash

While Rodgers’ ability to gloss over the truth has been well documented in the past, such a reaction to Edouard wouldn’t have been out of the ordinary. The Frenchman has always given his all for Celtic. The difference is that his all is becoming better and better.

When he returns to New Douglas Park this weekend, and aims to add to his one goal tally against Accies, he will come back as an immeasurably better player. The now 21-year-old is improving and growing in confidence with every passing game for Celtic, to the extent where some are making some very real comparisons to Moussa Dembele.

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Edouard is growing into the Celtic shirt more and more. He’s relishing being the main man for a club our size and the pressure that brings. His record in the big matches speaks for itself. He’s scored more goals against Rangers, Hearts, Hibernian and Aberdeen than every other Scottish team combined.

And the beauty is that he’s only getting better.