Celtic boss Neil Lennon believes discussions will be had about future penalty kicks, but didn’t appear overly-fussed when discussing Odsonne Edouard’s miss last night.
The Frenchman missed his first-ever spot-kick in Paisley in yesterday’s 2-1 win at St Mirren, with Zdenek Zlamal halting him from 12 yards. It summed up a generally poor game from Celtic’s talismanic hero.
It also comes after Edouard netted one against Ross County on Saturday and bagged another two on international duty with France under-21s the week beforehand.
But Lennon still expects a debate to be had either way about who steps up next. Speaking to BBC Radio Scotland, however, the Hoops boss wasn’t keen to dwell on it too much.
“It’s not started yet but I imagine it’ll rumble on for a week or two! (A debate on penalties)
“To be fair to Odsonne it’s the first one he’s missed and I thought Zlamal had a fine game tonight considering he’s only been here a week or so.
“It was a great save, but we’ll discuss that as we go along.”
No need to rock the penalty boat for now
There’s always a temptation to change penalty-kick takers after a miss. That goes without saying. But there’s no real reason for us to go switching ours.
The fact it was Edouard’s first penalty miss of his senior career tells a story. He’s ice-cool regardless of the occasion, and deserves the opportunity to stay on them given his fine 100% record up to last night.
What he could perhaps improve on is his penalty technique. There’s something about the slow run-up that just doesn’t give you the best chance. Edouard has always had a generally nonchalant style from the spot, but that technique can make it easy enough for goalkeepers if they go the right way.
Should Celtic wish to make a change, they certainly have plenty of talent available to step up. The likes of Ryan Christie, Callum Mcgregor, and Olivier Ntcham have shown real efficiency from the spot in the past.
But we can’t keep changing the penalty taker after one miss. Edouard is our best striker and hasn’t really shown any failings from penalties throughout his career. Just because it’s his first miss doesn’t mean a panic button needs to be hit and he gets sent to the back of the line.
When Celtic get their next one, don’t be surprised if it’s the big Frenchman who steps up again.