Odsonne Edouard’s brace for Celtic against Hamilton was the kind of performance that wins you league titles.
We’re getting used to this now from the Frenchman. His goals yesterday at the Fountain of Youth stadium were strikes number 21 and 22 of the season for Edouard (Celtic Twitter). But it wasn’t just the fact he got on the scoresheet today, it was everything about his goals and assist for James Forrest’s fourth.
With Celtic 1-0 down at Hamilton, Edouard stepped up to finesse a free-kick into the top corner with a superb strike. He would then bag his brace late on when he collected a fine Tom Rogic pass to slot beyond Luke Southwood. To top it off, he sent a clever back-heel into the path of Forrest for goal number four, moments after missing a sitter himself.
Supporters have an incredible love for what French Eddy is producing this season, and reacting to his display yesterday, here’s what some have been saying:
Edouard is probably the best we've had up front since Larsson. Like Larsson, he's not selfish, can score from anywhere. And he's 22 years old. Insane.
— Celtic Family (@CelticFamily67) February 2, 2020
We have been so lucky to have two players in Dembele and Edouard in recent years. I hope we can keep Eddy as long as possible. But it will be a tough task to find anything similar to their quality.
— Mel-Edouard 💜🍋 (@mel9samaras) February 2, 2020
Odsonne Edouard this season. Played 35 games. 2,809 minutes. Scored 22 goals and assisted 15 times. A goal scored or created every 75.91 minutes. Hero. pic.twitter.com/FgjZaJ5UH8
— CelticLisboa (@CelticLisboaa) February 2, 2020
Odsonne Edouard is best striker in the league and by a country mile!
— Sean 🏴 (@Seany_CFC) February 2, 2020
Give Edouard a blank cheque and make sure he stays for the 10.
— Chairman Lmao ☭ (@BenTheTim) February 2, 2020
Edouard, quite simply, is on another footballing planet from these bums.
Scottish football does not deserve this young man. pic.twitter.com/7Ae8UNMe8w
— 20 Minute Tims Pod (@20MinuteTims) February 2, 2020
Odsonne Édouard plays at a different level to everybody else in this Celtic team, and that‘s not a slight on any other Celtic player. Utterly immense yet again today.
— Marc McArdle (@marcmcardle1) February 2, 2020
Edouard posing with strikers in Scotland better than him in the last 15 years pic.twitter.com/WzfXTz9pi6
— Martino (@martino67_) February 2, 2020
Another day of telling Edouard I love him through DMs with absolutely no response
— DanielJC (@danieljc2003) February 2, 2020
Partnership not at its best, but Edouard was
It shows just how classy Edouard is that he can step up even when his partnership with Leigh Griffiths isn’t clicking. The pitch didn’t help, but the duo just didn’t click with the same vibrancy and accuracy to which they did at McDiarmid Park on Wednesday night.
Much of this was down to the fact that Griff was having a poor game. He couldn’t get anything to stick to him, and his passing was pretty poor throughout. Edouard, meanwhile, was making positive contributions even before his goal.
He collected the ball in the box on several occasions and managed to wiggle into some room. Due to some brilliant last-ditch defending, however, he wasn’t able to add to his tally further.
Yet when he’s at his best as an individual, it doesn’t matter how Griffiths performs. Edouard has the ability to tackle Scottish defences on his own. Nobody was surprised when he smashed that free-kick home yesterday. The same could be said for his second goal that was a typically cool finish from the Frenchman. It’s just what he does.
Of course, Neil Lennon must still stick with his two up-front system for Wednesday night’s trip to Fir Park. With the surface in North Lanarkshire sure to be slicker, it should allow for some smoother combination play between Edouard and Griffiths.
But it’s great to know that, even if they don’t click as a partnership, we can always rely on Edouard’s individual quality to come to the fore.