Leigh Griffiths' return is a challenge for Odsonne Edouard

By David Walton

November 26, 2018

Leigh Griffiths’ return was one of the highlights of the weekend for Celtic supporters.

The former Hibernian striker hammered home a free-kick to put the icing on Celtic’s Hamilton cake. A 3-0 success with the Scotland international returning back to form topped off a fine afternoon.

But, despite that, there will be one player who may have been having a strong think at full-time – Odsonne Edouard.

Don’t get us wrong, the big Frenchman was terrific again at Hamilton. His hold-up play dragged the Accies defence all over the place, whilst his back-heel to Callum McGregor for the first goal was sublime.

Odsonne Edouard will be looking to add more goals to his game upon Leigh Griffiths’ return (Callum Landells/Getty Images)

In truth, however, it’s goals that ultimately make people’s head turn.

Despite the fact that Edouard had a great game once more, people were talking about Griffiths post-match. Perhaps the magnitude of his return was the key talking point, but his goal threw him into a positive spotlight.

Edouard simply has to see this as a challenge from his fellow strike-partner. Brendan Rodgers rarely goes with two up top, so it should be a straight shootout between the pair for the jersey.

Goalscoring form could do with improvement

The former PSG kid has made 23 appearances this season, netting 12 times. It’s a decent return, but it has to be improved upon with the clinical Griffiths now breathing down his neck.

Griffiths himself has only made 19 appearances and slotted home six goals. Only 10 of those appearances, however, were from the starting line-up.

The Scottish international, who signed a new contract back in September, looks leaner and fitter already. Finally, it looks as though Griffiths is ready to seriously challenge Edouard for the starting role.

Griffiths netted a fine free-kick against Hamilton (Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Goals aren’t particularly saving the Frenchaman, it’s his build-up play that’s always been more impressive than Griffiths’. Unfortunately for the Scotsman, that still remains the case.

Whilst Griffiths runs around and pours his heart out for the club, Edouard is more efficient. He holds the ball up superbly, and links tremendously well with the likes of McGregor, Ryan Christie, and James Forrest.

This is something Griffiths needs to start adding to his game in order to be a consistent starter.

Regardless, however, Edouard needs to start looking over his shoulder and performing to a higher degree. If he doesn’t, Griffiths will be there waiting to pounce in typical fashion.