Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard has faced all manner of criticism this season.
It doesn’t seem to matter, all the extenuating circumstances. The fact that he’s close to topping his tally from two seasons ago seems to be an irrelevance. It’s understandable, he’s our star man and this season has been a gargantuan disappointment for the entire Celtic family.
But what’s understandable and what’s correct aren’t the same things. Last night, we saw in exquisite detail what we’re going to miss when Edouard sets off for pastures new. Receiving a frankly filthy pass from Scott Brown, Eddy’s first touch was utterly sublime, and his second lofted the ball over the stranded Saints keeper.
People talk about needing moments of magic in matches. That we’ve lacked an extra bit of quality in certain games, and that’s true, we have. And, as it turned out, it was a comfortable win for the Bhoys. However, that first touch alone would’ve got us out of our seats in normal times, and his second would’ve sent 60,000 people into rapturous applause.
What I’m trying to get across is that there have been plenty of voices suggesting we should be glad to get rid of Odsonne Edouard after this season. It’s utter nonsense, and it’s based on more than one outrageous goal in a dead rubber against St Johnstone.
Be careful what you wish for with Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard
This morning, Talksport man and keen Hoops fan Trevor Sinclair claimed Edouard could be “very successful” in the Premier League [via Daily Record]. Of course, that’s yet to be seen, but to me, what’s clear is that we’re at risk of not appreciating a really good player in his time at Celtic.
It’d be genuinely sad if we felt bitterness and resentment towards a star player. You might not appreciate his demeanour. He’s an ice-cool, clinical striker who doesn’t reveal his emotions a lot of the time, but frankly, we don’t need to have badge-kissers and gooey sentimentality from our players. We need goals; Edouard has scored plenty of those.
Yes, this season has been shocking. It’s been terrible. And to garner any sort of warmth from it is probably a dead mission, a folly.
But in Edouard, we’ve had an immensely entertaining player on our books, one who’s lit up Celtic Park on plenty of occasions and one who, despite genuine disruption to his season, has scored over 20 goals.