Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard’s status for Celtic’s Betfred Cup Final against Rangers on Sunday is currently not yet known.
The Hoops boss Neil Lennon confirmed that the player will miss the match against Hamilton on Wednesday night, but would not comment on the cup final.
Lennon has revealed though that Celtic have plans for when Edouard is not available, and the team will continue to move on even if he cannot make the cup final.
“Ideally you want Odsonne in the team because he has been brilliant for us, but there is always that Plan B, Plan C, Plan D for these eventualities” he said, as reported by the Scottish Sun.
“We knew that with him being the one striker leading the line for so long that a bit of fatigue or a niggle would come along, so we’re prepared for that.”
That is an example of good management by the Hoops boss. He knew that there was a chance that Edouard would get injured this season, and has been preparing for that eventuality.
Few people would have expected that Plan B would be Lewis Morgan playing as a striker, but that has been what has happened in Celtic’s last two fixtures. To be fair, the winger hasn’t looked out of place up-front, with a goal and an assist in those games.
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It will be intriguing to see if he starts against Hamilton on Wednesday night, or if Leigh Griffiths makes his return to the starting line-up.
There is no doubt that Edouard’s absence is a blow for the Hoops. He has been in excellent form this season. However, Celtic just have to get on with things in the player’s absence.
Hopefully he makes his return from injury sooner rather than later. If not though, Lennon seems to gave plans in place for how Celtic can deal with the absence of a key player.