Odsonne Edouard provides some background to Celtic celebration

By David Walton

February 19, 2020

Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard has finally provided some background on where his goal celebration originated from.

The big Frenchman has 23 goals to his name this season (Transfermarkt). Often after his strikes, you may notice that he’ll do both an “L” and a “V” symbol with both of his hands.

It’s long been a bit of a mystery as to why he does it. Edouard hasn’t really come out and explained what it’s all about either, despite it being a regular occurrence after he nets.

Celtic forward Odsonne Edouard (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

However, in this week’s Celtic View (Volume 55, Issue 30, Page 24), Edouard has provided some context to the gesture.

“It’s something I started doing with my friend from Paris. His name is Jonathan Ikone and he plays for Lille.

“We started it when we were young players at the PSG academy and we’ve always done it. He does it too, but he doesn’t score a lot so you might not see it from him as much!”

Expect to see it plenty more this season

At least we now have some background to its origin. Granted, French Eddy has still to actually explain the meaning behind the gesture.

Whether it’s just some daft symbol that he and a pal made up when he was younger is anyone’s guess. Or it may have some genuine meaning to it.

Jonathan Ikone, the Lille attacking-midfielder mentioned by Edouard, doesn’t seem to have come out and explained the gesture either. Regardless, so long as we see it plenty more this season then it doesn’t matter.

Billel Omrani and Odsonne Edouard (Andy Buchanan/AFP via Getty Images)

Edouard is in fine form as he gears up for the trip to Copenhagen tomorrow night. The towering Frenchman is a cert to start the contest in Denmark, as he looks to add to his one solitary goal in the Europa League outside of qualifying.

After failing to net against Hearts or Aberdeen in the last two matches, he’ll be keen to get back on the scoresheet. His horror-miss at Pittodrie will likely be on his mind too, and that’s one he’ll want to put behind him as quickly as possible.

But with the mentality and sheer quality of Edouard, you can bet we’ll be seeing that PSG-originated celebration once again in no time.