Celtic’s 2-1 loss to Rangers in the Glasgow derby back in December was a hard one to take for the Hoops support, but Odsonne Edouard, as reported by the Scottish Sun, believes that the loss ended up helping the team.
The Hoops had a chance to almost end the title race with a win, but turned in a lacklustre performance at home, including a missed penalty, and allowed Rangers the chance to get back into the battle for the Premiership.
One Celtic player who wasn’t at his best that day was Edouard. He scored the Hoops’ goal in the game – which was a tad fortunate – but was quiet otherwise.
However, Edouard is of the opinion that the result and performance against Rangers has galvanised the team.
“We had to question ourselves”
“That defeat against Rangers actually did us more good than harm. After it, we had to question ourselves, but once we returned from Dubai we knew we had to bounce back” Edouard said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“We knew it would be hard to do that, but right now it’s going really well.”
It might not have felt like it in the aftermath of the game, as Rangers celebrated on the pitch at Celtic Park, but Edouard’s bold claim could well be correct.
The Hoops have improved their performances since the loss to their Glasgow rivals.
On a winning run of seven games in a row
Celtic have played seven games since the loss to Rangers, and have won them all, scoring 22 goals in the process.
Would the Hoops have played so well if the team had defeated Rangers in December? Who can say.
However, losing to the Ibrox side seems to have made Celtic up their game, and as a result the Hoops are clear at the top of the league table.
Hopefully the Hoops won’t need another poor result this season to kickstart a winning run, although it has happened twice this season.
Following the 2-0 loss to Livingston, Celtic won 13 domestic games in a row. Maybe a poor result is what the current Hoops side needs to get going.