STV journalist says Celtic's Odsonne Edouard able to return to Scotland on October 16th; doubtful for Rangers clash

By David Walton

October 7, 2020

STV journalist Ronnie Charters has provided clarity on when Odsonne Edouard will be able to return to Scotland, with a date set for October 16th.

Charters states that Edouard will need to remain in France for 10 days to isolate, before being allowed to return to Glasgow just a day before the first derby of the season against Rangers.

Funnily enough, this is despite the fact that France’s own health guidelines state that those who test positive for the virus only have to isolate for seven days.

Unsurprisingly, that makes him a big doubt for the meeting with Rangers. The Frenchman most likely won’t have any time to train with the squad and may not be in the best shape regardless given the length of his isolation period.

Celtic must think logically here

It’s so easy to look at Odsonne and think “get him in” for the meeting with Steven Gerrard’s Rangers.

However, Celtic have a duty of care with their players that simply has to be maintained. We have to acknowledge that Edouard won’t be as sharp, and the chances are he won’t be ready to be thrown straight into a high-intensity derby.

For someone who has contracted the virus, the last thing they need after their isolation period is to be thrown into Scottish football’s most fiery fixture. He doesn’t deserve that kind of rushed treatment, as it would show some disregard for his health if he isn’t feeling proper by then.

Odsonne Edouard vs St Johnstone (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Neil Lennon, of course, will manage this accordingly. Celtic will hopefully have Albian Ajeti, Leigh Griffiths, and Patryk Klimala all available to lead the line against Rangers. You’ll do well to find a Hoops supporter who doesn’t think any of those players are capable of netting against Gerrard’s side.

Make no mistake, this is a massive blow, and yes he hasn’t been officially ruled out. However, Celtic will know that they have to take the right steps for Edouard’s safety, and in any other game, it wouldn’t even be questioned as to whether he would sit out or not.

That may all go out the window should he arrive back in Scotland with a spring in his step and persuade Lennon that he is indeed ready for the game. But that just feels extremely optimistic at the moment.

We at 67HailHail wish Odsonne all the best in his recovery period, and hopefully he comes back stronger once he’s recovered properly from the virus.

In other news, Chris Sutton believes one of Edouard’s fellow rivals needs to start paying Celtic back.