John Hartson backs Odsonne Edouard to be a Celtic smash-hit this season

By David Walton

August 24, 2021

John Hartson is backing Celtic star Odsonne Edouard to turn his Hoops career around and shine alongside Kyogo Furuhashi.

Edouard has had question marks held over him for his commitment to the club after a poor year last season. It’s been followed by a similarly quiet start to the 2021/22 campaign under Ange Postecoglou.

The Greek-Australian has given Edouard an appearance in all nine of his competitive matches so far. However, the Frenchman has yet to impress with new signing Furuhashi taking all the headlines.

Also consistently linked with moves away from the club this summer, Edouard’s Celtic career looks to be dwindling to an end. But Hartson believes there’s been an improvement in his body language in recent games, and has backed him to stay and help wrestle the title back from Rangers.

As quoted by the Glasgow Times, Hartson said: “I would love Eddy to stay. I don’t know where the club are with about a week left in the window but I would love to see Kyogo and Edouard partnered up for the season. They’ll score 50 plus goals between them.

“You can see it with him now. He was bursting a gut to get a goal at the weekend. He’s not moping around. He has a bit more about him. It looks like he wants to be a part of it again.

Ange’s late Celtic transfer intentions are extremely encouraging

Ange’s late Celtic transfer intentions are extremely encouraging
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“You couldn’t fault his attitude. The fans were singing his name again – and that’s not happened for a long time.”

There’s a place at Celtic for Odsonne Edouard if he wants it badly enough

Many of us have been itching for the club to get Edouard out of the door. Mainly because it will allow us to move on as a football club from a player that potentially wants out. However, if that isn’t the case, then there’s certainly a place for him at Parkhead.

Edouard has shown some promising signs over the last couple of matches. Against AZ Alkmaar, he was constantly closing the opposition down and keeping the energy levels high.

Not a lot came off for him against St Mirren on Saturday, but he still managed a goal and again showed an encouraging level of enthusiasm. This hardly means much with regards to his long-term future, but it’s a sign that he’s willing to put the work in whilst he’s here.

It can’t be easy for Edouard seeing Furuhashi come into the club and become the fans’ new favourite frontman. Not when he’s had several years of being Celtic’s go-to man. Seeing someone else take that spotlight has hopefully lit something under him.

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Of course, we can’t ignore the fact his contract is up next summer. If we don’t sell the Frenchman now, then we won’t get anything substantial for him whatsoever. It remains to be seen if Celtic would be happy to sacrifice the cash to keep him on for one more year. That would surely, at the very least, be dependent on the effort the player is willing to put in.

This is as big a week for Edouard as it is for any Celtic player. If he can turn it on against Alkmaar and Rangers respectively, it’ll do a lot for his reputation amongst the support. These matches will be true barometers of just how badly he’s willing to fight for his jersey and the club as a whole.

Indeed, we’re going to learn a lot about the Frenchman over the coming days. Hopefully, he shows a desire to get himself back to top form.

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