Celtic manager Neil Lennon provided an update on the status of Odsonne Edouard live on BBC Radio Scotland before today’s Rangers match (12:20).
Edouard tested positive for COVID-19 on international duty with the French U21 national team last week, requiring him to quarantine abroad before returning to Scotland.
He only arrived back at Lennoxtown yesterday, but some supporters had retained hope the striker could have somehow featured during today’s derby against Steven Gerrard’s side.
However, it seems that it was never on the cards.
Lennon told BBC Radio Scotland (12:20): “He had a screening and his tests yesterday, obviously had no chance for today.
“We’ll have to assess him over the next couple of days.
“Obviously we don’t want to take unnecessary risks with him either, but he seems okay.”
We’re only at half-time in today’s game, so clearly the manager won’t be thinking about Thursday’s match against AC Milan, but it would be wonderful if we could get the Frenchman back into the team for that one.
His health is the ultimate priority, but from the look of today’s attack, we could do with different options.
We’ve already missed a couple of golden opportunities that on another day Edouard may have buried.
The 22-year-old hasn’t been at his best in the early stages of the season but getting him back to top form must be a key objective for the manager in turning around our overall team performances.
Celtic need to kick into gear, and quickly.