Celtic ex-captain Jackie McNamara knows plenty about strikers, so his views on Odsonne Edouard make for interesting reading.
After all, the defender played with plenty of amazing names. Paolo di Canio, Jorge Cadete, Pierre van Hooijdonk, Henrik Larsson, Chris Sutton and John Hartson, to name a few.
So when it comes to Odsonne Edouard and the future of the Celtic attack, few are better-placed to comment. Just as well, then, that 67 Hail Hail count the 33-cap Scotland international as a pal.
We asked Jackie Mac about Edouard, and the three strikers behind him, as next season looms. He told us:
“When Dembélé left, we were worried about Edouard being ready.
“[Against St Johnstone] he was quiet and I thought he gave the ball away quite a lot but he gets his goals. He comes off into that number 10 role a lot, with his back to goal, not knowing what’s around him.
“There isn’t a lot of pressure on him. That’s when you were hoping Griffiths would play alongside him or Ajeti, Klimala. I’m not sure if they can come forward next year and be the main strikers. I don’t know when we’ll get opportunities to see them.
“The fans are not there. A lot of players you watch just now, they can handle the pressure, because there’s no pressure at the games. When you put a few thousand people, some of them can be found missing. So there’s a lot of questions to be asked in the forward department.
“I’m not sure the other three lads can handle the pressure of scoring 20+. We know Griffiths can finish, but the inconsistencies with Leigh, with fitness and different other things. That’s what they need to decide for next year, if he can get himself in top shape and be consistently in the team.”
Jackie McNamara on Celtic striker need after Odsonne Edouard
With Odsonne Edouard likely to leave in the summer [FourFourTwo], Celtic hero McNamara gave his own perspective about what the Bhoys need in a replacement.
“I think you have to replace him with something you actually need. What the team’s needing is someone with strength and power that can hold defenders off and bring people into play. Because when you’ve got midfielders that are willing to go beyond you, the likes of Turnbull, Christie and Rogic, it’s so important that the ball sticks with that front man.
“It’s something they’ll need to look at, someone with a physical presence. I played with Big John Hartson and Chris Sutton to compliment Larsson. Larsson had his movement and he was intelligent, but someone else would make the ball stick.
“Somebody that can pin centre-halves down, make the ball stick and get the team up the park and around [the ball]. A commanding, big striker that can cause problems and help the team under pressure.”