Michael Stewart picks 3 Celtic stars in team of the year, admits Edouard is better than he thought

By John McGinley

April 19, 2020

BBC Scotland pundit Michael Stewart has picked Odsonne Edouard, Ryan Christie and Christopher Jullien in his SPFL team of the year, writing in The Scottish Sun.

Celtic are on the verge of being named Scottish Premiership champions after forging a 13-point lead at the top of the table with just eight games remaining.

Whether football returns or not this summer, Neil Lennon’s Bhoys will likely earn nine-in-a-row champion status.

Over the 30 games played to date we’ve been by far the best outfit in Scotland, so it’s no surprise to see a number of players named Stewart’s team of the year.

His rules of selection were three players per team, else we might have seen more in the Sportscene pundit’s eleven, like stand-out goalkeeper Fraser Forster.

The former Hearts and Hibs man held his highest praise for Edouard.

Stewart even admitted that the Frenchman is much better than he had initially considered.

As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said: “The guy continues to evolve and improve. I didn’t realise just how technically classy he was when he first joined.

“He looked a bit awkward, but now he’s like velvet or silk. He’s so smooth and graceful. The full package.”

Odsonne Edouard celebrates a Celtic goal / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Christopher Jullien’s place is also well-deserved. On a consistent basis, he’s proven to be the top defensive talent in Lennon’s team, whether playing domestically or in Europe.

With a knack for scoring important goals too, there’s no denying he’s been one of our best signings under Lennon.

Christie meanwhile has also been one of our most exciting players to watch, certainly before the injury he sustained in December’s derby.

Providing 19 goals and 16 assists, he’s shown himself to be quite the contributor from attacking midfield.

Will any of them pick up any individual end-of-season honours? Regardless, I can’t wait to see them all in action again.