Neil Lennon on how Odsonne Edouard helped to change cup final
It is more than fair to say that until Odsonne Edouard came on as a second-half substitute in the Betfred Cup Final, Celtic were not in the game as an attacking force.
The Hoops failed to create a single chance until Edouard was on the pitch. However, he helped to change the cup final in Celtic’s favour.
He was fouled by Connor Goldson which led to the free-kick which resulted in Christopher Jullien’s match-winning goal.
He also set Mikey Johnston clean through on goal after a spectacular pass, but Johnston put his effort wide. That was Celtic’s only two shot on goal in the entire game, and they both directly or indirectly featured Edouard.
Neil Lennon acknowledged how vital Edouard was to the Hoops in the cup final in a press conference on Monday.
“Definitely a spark”
“There was no doubt when he came on there was definitely a spark about us, and you could anxiety amongst the opposition” he said, as quoted in a video on Celtic’s YouTube channel.
If Edouard had been fit enough to start the game, Celtic would have played far better. The Hoops would have created more chances for a start, you have to think.
However, even in his limited time on the pitch Edouard was able to make a big impact on the game. Rangers feared him, which they didn’t Lewis Morgan.
When will player return to starting line-up?
It will be interesting to see how much Edouard is used by Celtic over the next few weeks as he returns to full fitness.
The Hoops still have six games to play in December, and Neil Lennon will want Edouard fit and available for the majority of them.
Eoduard does not have to feature against Cluj on Thursday, but there is a good chance that he is involved against Hibs on Sunday. That might be off the bench, though.
Still, the Betfred Cup Final showed how important Edouard is to Celtic. Hopefully he returns to full fitness soon and helps the Hoops continue their winning run.