Neil Lennon has disclosed that he is set to have talks with Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard in a bid to get the striker back to his best, the Scottish Sun reports.
Edouard has struggled to find his best form so far this season, and Lennon feels that a reason for that might be the fact that transfer speculation has turned his head. However, two midweek goals for the French under-21 side are perhaps an indication that the striker is getting back on track.
“We’ll have a good discussion”
“There has been a lot of interest or speculation about him. There’s no question it affected him and his performances. We’ll have a good discussion with him and, hopefully, he’ll kick on and get back to his best” Lennon said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“We’re hoping he can settle down. He knows he’s loved by his team-mates, the staff and the fans, and he can get back to doing what he does best and that is playing remarkable football” Lennon concluded.
It should be remembered that Edouard is still only 22-years-old, and perhaps as Lennon suggested all the speculation about his future did affect his game.
Needs to be reassured perhaps
Maybe he needs an arm round the shoulder, a reassurance that he is still the main man for Celtic. It is a good sign though that the player knows that he is loved by his team-mates and the fans, according to the Hoops boss.
Hopefully Lennon’s discussions with Edouard will kick serve as a motivation, and the player can start to show what he is all about between now and the end of the season.
A good time to start would be against Hibernian on Saturday. A fine Edouard display, coupled with a goal or two to seal the three points would be a positive sign for the weeks and months to come.
In other news, Jackie McNamara has given his verdict on Vasilis Barkas.