Neil Lennon can't afford to leave Odsonne Edouard on the bench

By John Reid

April 4, 2019

Celtic’s 2-0 win over St Mirren on Wednesday night featured a team much-changed from the side which defeated Rangers last Sunday.

One notable change was the presence of Odsonne Edouard on the bench. The striker was dropped despite a great performance in the Glasgow derby. His goal and assist won the game for the Hoops.

An error which can’t be repeated

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Perhaps Neil Lennon wanted to rest the player. But the decision to leave Edouard on the bench is an error which must not be repeated this season.

The Hoops didn’t get going up-front. Edouard’s replacement Oliver Burke had a poor game, missing two good chances Edouard arguably would have buried.

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If Edouard had been returning from injury you could understand why Lennon decided to rest the player. But he is fit and raring to go, and made a difference to the Hoops when he came on in the second-half.

Immense bit of play

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One solo run in particular was immense, as he left St Mirren players trailing in his wake.

Edouard must be restored to the Hoops starting line-up for Saturday’s clash against Livingston. That game looks like the ideal match for the player to get on the score sheet, before next Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final against Aberdeen.

There’s no doubt that Edouard will be one of the first names on the team sheet for the game against Aberdeen. That should have also been the case against St Mirren. And it must be the case going forward.