Odsonne Edouard strike brought unwanted Celtic record to an end

By John Reid

February 22, 2020

In all the discussion about Celtic’s midweek 1-1 Europa League draw against Copenhagen, one aspect of the game seems to have gone under the radar.

That is, that Odsonne Edouard’s first-half strike brought an unwanted 17-year Celtic record to an end. His goal is the first that Celtic have scored away from home in the knockout stages of European competition since Henrik Larsson’s legendary winner against Boavista secured the Hoops’ spot in the UEFA Cup Final in 2003.

Now, it was fairly well known that the Hoops have not won a knockout tie in European competition since the 1-0 aggregate win over Barcelona in 2004.

Remarkable that record lasted so long

However, when you consider all the players that have featured for the Hoops over the last 17 years, it is quite remarkable that no goals were scored away from home.

Of course, the Hoops have not made the knockout stages of European competition every season. It is still quite bizarre that no away goals were scored in that time though.

Edouard scores against Copenhagen (Photo by Lars Ronbog / FrontZoneSport via Getty Images)

Finally, the record has come to an end though, and it is another feather in the cap for Odsonne Edouard.

He can now be compared with Henrik Larsson, although the player himself probably wouldn’t welcome that comparison.

When you consider the difficulty Celtic have had scoring goals away from home in European knockout stages, then the result against Copenhagen has to go down as a decent one.

Hoops could have added to goal tally

Ironically, it could have been even better, when you consider the number of chances that Celtic missed during the game.

Celtic players celebrate after Edouard’s goal (Photo by NIELS CHRISTIAN VILMANN/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty Images)

Edouard himself could have scored four goals, and Callum McGregor was also guilty of missing a great chance. Still, at least Celtic have finally ended an unwelcome record.

Hopefully the next one to end will be the 16-year wait to win a knockout round tie in Europe. Following Edouard’s goal, Celtic do look in a good place to do that.

Can Odsonne Edouard now be compared to Henrik Larsson? Just how did Celtic manage to go so long without ending this record? Share your thoughts below with a comment in our new discussion forum…