Pundit Kris Boyd has served up enormous praise for Odsonne Edouard after his sensational recent form for Celtic, speaking to Sky Sports this week.
The former Rangers man isn’t exactly known for his positive analysis of Celtic and as recently as January attracted the ire of some supporters for outspoken comments on the contributions of Leigh Griffiths over the last couple of the seasons.
A surprise then that he’s been so effusive with his compliments of Edouard, who has set Scottish football on fire over the last few weeks.
The Frenchman has scored seven goals in the six matches he’s played since the return from the winter break (FitbaStats).
Boyd believes he could play in any league around the world.
However, he’s also refused to fully credit Griffiths for his recent good form too, suggesting much of that is also down to the French U21 star.
As quoted by Sky Sports, Boyd said: “Odsonne Edouard is an unbelievable talent, he’s shown that especially over the last couple of months. Will he be up there for player of the year? Yes, there is no doubt about that.
“A lot has been made about the form of Leigh Griffiths as well but I think a lot of it is down to Odsonne Edouard because he can play with anybody. He can play in any league in the world as well.
“I would not be surprised if Celtic have to fight off big bids for him come the summer because he is a top player and if Celtic are going to keep performing the way they have been, then it is crucial that he stays fit.”
Griffiths and Edouard bringing the best out of each other
It’s wrong to completely gloss over what the Scotland international has brought to Celtic over the last few weeks.
Neil Lennon’s switch to two-striker formations has been a breath of fresh air and our good form has not all been down to Edouard, as impressive as he’s been.
The presence of Griffiths has given the Frenchman a bit of freedom in the final third. No longer is he required to lead the attacking line for the Hoops or hover in or around the box.
He can now take possession in different areas of the pitch, drive at defences and combine with his teammates as much as provide a raw goal threat.
Griffiths’ four goals in his last six matches (FitbaStats) have been great to witness, combining with different players to get the job done rather than simply feeding off of Edouard as Boyd suggests.
Long may the partnership continue.