The levels of Odsonne Edouard praise since the winter break has been cranked up several notches, but the Frenchman showed real class to throw some over the way of Leigh Griffiths.
French Eddy has fired himself back into sizzling form in 2020. He’s managed seven goals since returning to action last month, and yesterday picked up the Player of the Month award for January.
However, it’s fair to say that Edouard is also profiting from playing alongside Griff. The Scotland international has bagged four goals himself as Neil Lennon continues to go with a refreshing 3-5-2 that pairs both men together.
Griffiths’ return to form comes a year after he took a break from football due to personal issues. And after showing real strength of character to fight his way back into the squad, the former Hibs man has been praised by Edouard in comments published by the Scottish Sun.
“I enjoy playing with Leigh very much. I think I can say it’s working. Leigh’s a great finisher and we’ve always had good communication, right from the moment we started playing together.
“I learn from everyone at Celtic every day, but Leigh has qualities I don’t possess so I can certainly learn from him.”
Terrific psychological move from Edouard
These are great comments from our number one centre-forward. Whilst he continues to get showered with praise, he’s aware enough to know that Griffiths deserves some himself.
Edouard really does his best here to put Griffiths on the same level as himself. He clearly has an awareness of how important it is not to have one half of the partnership having to watch on without recognition.
And he isn’t wrong either. Griffiths, remember, is a striker who’s played and scored in international and Champions League football. He has plenty of individual traits that can’t be underestimated.
Both Edouard and Griffiths will likely be paired with each other again tonight. Celtic host Hearts at Parkhead looking to make it eight wins out of eight since the resumption. Given the fact we’re up against the bottom side in the Premiership, there’s no reason to believe Lennon will budge from his 3-5-2 system.
Of course, it will be horses for courses as the season goes on. There may be times when Griffiths is left out to accommodate some extra protection in front of the defence. But the difference between now and six months ago is that Griff is making a difference.
Edouard’s comments should surely help Griffiths’ own morale, which appears to be growing by the game. It’s just yet another sign of the Frenchman’s class.