McGregor dismisses concerns over 'happy' Celtic teammate Edouard

By John Reid

October 3, 2020

Celtic star Callum McGregor has defended Odsonne Edouard over concerns about his recent performances, the Herald reports.

There has been some worries over his future at the club, as he hasn’t been at his brilliant best so far this season. Neil Lennon kept him out of the starting line-up for the game against Motherwell last month due to fatigue.

Hoops star was subject of odd comments recently

He was also the subject of some bizarre comments from former Aberdeen striker Duncan Shearer. In an interview with the Herald, he questioned Edouard’s motivation to be at Celtic and questioned the player’s body language in the 5-0 win over Ross County last month. A game that Edouard scored in.

Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard / (Photo by Andrew Milligan/Pool via Getty Images)

“You can read a lot into a player’s body language. But Edouard lost the ball a couple of times and didn’t try to get it back…his shoulders dropped.” Shearer said.

However, McGregor, who would know a thing or two about how Edouard feels as he trains and plays with him, has come to the defence of the Hoops star.

“In good spirits”

“He’s actually been good and in good spirits. I don’t think he takes too much notice of what goes on around about him. He’s just a good guy, and he’s always very happy” McGregor said, as quoted by the Herald.

“Our job as teammates and as players is to keep everyone happy, and that’s what we’re trying to do” he concluded.

For those concerned about Edouard’s body language, he managed to look okay when he scored the winning goal against Sarajevo.

Odsonne Edouard congratulates Albian Ajeti after scoring for Celtic / (Photo by Paul Campbell/Getty Images)

Perhaps Edouard hasn’t hit the heights of last season yet. However, it has been a stop-season for a variety of reasons.

He also had a thigh injury and international duty to deal with. Most importantly, he has scored six goals already this season. If he had issues affecting his game, he wouldn’t have been able to find the back of the net so regularly.

Edouard should be allowed to concentrate on his football. He doesn’t need his body language analysed on a frame by frame basis. It is good to hear anyway that McGregor has confirmed that the player is happy at Celtic. That should be the end of the matter.

In other news, Celtic reportedly made an approach to sign Juventus defender Mattia De Sciglio.