Celtic captain Scott Brown has praised Odsonne Edouard for the striker’s unexpected tactic at the start of the recent Glasgow derby.
Edouard took the ball from the opening kick-off, and hammered the ball towards the Rangers half where it went out of play for a throw in.
The move allowed Celtic to pin Rangers it back in their own half. It knocked the Ibrox side out of their rhythm. Celtic were able to take advantage of this in a 2-0 win.
Brown admits that the tactic surprised him, but had to concede that it worked out in the end.
“We got something from it”
“It’s the first time we had ever done it, and we got something from it” Brown said, as reported by the Scottish Sun.
“It was a wee change and Odsonne was unbelievable to come up with it.”
“I said to start by pressing Rangers up the park, but I wanted the ball to come back first before we went up there. I suppose my French is not what it used to be!”
Will Hoops use tactic on a regular basis?
It will be intriguing to see if Celtic decide to do this on a regular basis. Perhaps it will only be used on occasions when the Hoops are facing a tough away game.
For example, it might not be used when the Hoops play Hamilton on Saturday. It would not be a surprise to see the kick-off happen when the Hoops play Rennes in the Europa League.
The problem with doing this kind of tactic though, is that teams might get used to Celtic doing it. For now though, it is a tactic that can be used.