Neil Lennon explains the change in Odsonne Edouard that is making him perform better for Celtic

By John McGinley

February 14, 2021

Celtic manager Neil Lennon believes striker Odsonne Edouard is ‘a lot more settled’ at the club right now, leading to his uptick in form.

Edouard was in scoring form for the Bhoys again today against St Johnstone in the Scottish Premiership. He netted two goals to help Celtic come from behind and win 2-1 at McDiarmid Park.

He’s now scored ten goals in his last nine matches for the club.

It’s an increased contribution that Celtic needed. The Frenchman is beginning to look like his old self and bail the team out of tricky situations.

Lennon is delighted of course and feels it’s all as a result of Edouard feeling better about playing for the club.

As quoted by The Scottish Sun, the Celtic manager said: “He just seems a lot more settled. I think there were a lot of things on his mind in the first half of the season.

“He has really found his form now and we’re delighted because he makes us better. That’s the sort of form he was showing this time last season.

“It augurs well for between now and the end of the season. He is in great goalscoring form but I was pleased with his all-round performance.

“His physicality was back today, his running was better and certainly his technique on the ball was very good.”

How will Celtic cope without Odsonne Edouard?

There’s an ever-growing acceptance that Edouard will be leaving the club this summer. Even in Lennon’s comments above he talks about the Frenchman in the context of this season only.

With less than 18 months left on his contract, Celtic will have to sell him in the upcoming transfer window. No doubt the striker feels it’s best to move on too.

Odsonne Edouard scores for Celtic against St Johnstone / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The problem for us is we are over-reliant on him. Albian Ajeti, Patryk Klimala and Leigh Griffiths are clearly not ready to stop into his shoes as the side’s main striker. None of them look like being ready by the start of next season.

It leaves us in a right old pickle. Either we enter the market for another expensive acquisition this summer, or gamble on what we already have.

Just one more problem for an incoming Director of Football to solve.

In other news, an important and newsworthy week is about to unfold for Celtic.