Former Celtic goalkeeper Pat Bonner claimed that couldn’t understand why Neil Lennon didn’t start Odsonne Edouard against Hibernian, whilst appearing on BBC Sportsound‘s coverage of Celtic’s 2-2 draw with Hibernian.
The striker didn’t come on until the second-half, when the Hoops were a goal down. Celtic quickly found themselves two-nil down, but were able to rescue a point thanks to Edouard’s penalty and an injury time goal from Diego Laxalt.
However, that didn’t stop Bonner from wondering why Edouard didn’t start, and blasting the Hoops overall performance.
“A big shock”
“The performance up until the last 15 to 20 minutes was very, very lacklustre, very poor, that was a big shock that he (Edouard) didn’t start for me, especially after his performance in midweek, when he came on he was very sharp, his movement was very, very good, that was a bonus” Bonner said, whilst appearing on BBC Sportsound (21/11/20; 17:11).
As Bonner says, Edouard would have been full of confidence after his two goals in midweek for France under-21s. It is indeed a bit of a mystery why Neil Lennon decided to start Albian Ajeti instead.
Thankfully Edouard managed to make a contribution, and he was key to helping the Hoops pick up what could be a valuable point.
As for Celtic’s overall performance though, Bonner is right. It was a poor display. You aren’t going to win leagues dropping so many points.
Hoops boss is under pressure
It was indeed alarming that the Hoops didn’t get going until the team was 2-0 down. That is something that Neil Lennon has to sort out.
That is if he is able to, of course. The Hoops have been in a bad run of form for a while now. Two wins in eight games is not good enough. Lennon has to get Celtic back on a winning run as soon as possible.
If he can, he might be able to save his job, and Celtic’s bid for 10 in a row.