Pundits seem to be lining up to have a kick at Celtic players and Scottish football of late.
If it’s not Kris Commons having a pop at Vasilis Barkas, there’s Gary Breen to question Shane Duffy’s move to Glasgow.
Now a former Scotland international is questioning Odsonne Edouard’s commitment to the Bhoys in a new interview with The Herald.
Ex-striker Duncan Shearer told the paper: “Edouard lost the ball a couple of times and didn’t try to get it back. I was always taught when you lose the ball you try your hardest to get it back. But his shoulders dropped. It was like he thought: ‘Somebody else will get it back for me’.
“It was almost like it was too easy a game for him. I don’t know if he has allowed his standards to drop. I don’t know if the fact there are no fans, there is no atmosphere, the game was pretty well won, were factors in that.
“Maybe I am wrong. But Neil said last month that there were a few players who were wanting away and I am now wondering if he is one of them. Celtic seem to get these strikers who do really well – then all of a sudden their heads get turned.
“He has won the league here and won every trophy in this country. Where does he go from there? Other than the goal, I can’t think what else he did. His shoulders dropped. I thought he didn’t look as though he enjoyed the game.”
This constant sniping at what’s going on at Celtic is getting rather grating.
Let’s have a look at Edouard’s performance on Saturday.
Stat-tracking website WhoScored has added the Scottish Premiership to their analysis this year and they reckon Edouard had his best game since the hat-trick he scored against Hamilton.
Their match numbers show his total passes were consistent with his average so far this term. He also completed four dribbles from six attempts, almost double his 2020/21 average to date.
With two key passes, i.e. those which resulted in a teammate having an attempt on goal, it’s unfair to suggest the Frenchman wasn’t trying or contributing.
Let’s not forget he coolly slotted home our opener from the penalty spot too.
Off the ball he is going to have lulls in the game, he’s not a defensive forward. That’s not why he is in the team.
I’m not going to pretend he had his best game ever in a Celtic shirt, but give the lad a break Duncan.
Edouard is possibly the absolute last person I would criticise at the club right now, so quite why there are articles and punditry devoted to having a pop is beyond me.