Former Celtic star Kris Commons has backed Odsonne Edouard in a comparison with Alfredo Morelos, believing that the Frenchman is a ‘more rounded player’ than the Colombian, writing in his Scottish Daily Mail column (02/12 print edition, Verdict supplement page 16).
Both players have made lightning starts to the season, helping both clubs punish most of the opposition in Scotland and plenty of teams on the continent too.
As we approach the League Cup Final on Sunday, there’s undoubtedly going to be comparisons made between the pair, both of whom have the ability to make a big impact at Hampden.
For Commons though, Edouard comes out ahead. The Sky Sports man believes his all-round ability, composure and record in big matches make him a better player.
As quoted by The Scottish Daily Mail (02/12 print edition, Verdict supplement page 16), the former Celtic attacker said: “For me, Edouard is a more rounded player than Morelos — and he also has a proven track record of delivering in the big games.
“Look at last season when he scored in both the semi-final and final of the Scottish Cup, one of which was a late winner to clinch an unprecedented treble Treble. The boy has ice in his veins. He has tormented Rangers in the past, with a record of five goals in seven games against the Ibrox side.
“Morelos, on the other hand, has never scored against Celtic. He has more red cards than goals in Old Firm games, with a couple of high-profile sitters thrown in for good measure.”
Another chance to prove it on the big stage
You’ll find little disagreement with Commons’ opinion amongst Celtic supporters. We’ve long recognised that he is the best forward in the country, despite an admittedly impressive scoring record from Morelos at Ibrox.
Although Edouard is carrying a knock and is a doubt for this weekend’s match, with Neil Lennon stating they are taking his progress ‘day by day’ (BBC), I fully expect him to be in the starting eleven on Sunday.
The manager being somewhat coy about it suggests to me they are aiming to unleash him at Hampden.
If he does start it’ll be another chance to show the world that he is a better player on the big stage than Morelos. As Commons notes, his ice-cool attitude on these occasions marks him out as a player heading to the elite level.
The 21-year-old has scored five goals and assisted twice in seven matches against Rangers (Transfermarkt).
With the striker supported by similarly impressive talents like James Forrest and Ryan Christie, there’s no reason not to feel confident about our chances ahead of this match as long as the team play to the standards they’ve set so far this season.