Given the recent performances of Odsonne Edouard both domestically and on the continent, it seems crazy that he was snubbed for two huge Celtic games not so long ago.
The month was February and the opponents were Valencia. Edouard was Celtic’s main striker, and had been for the majority of the season following Moussa Dembele’s shock exit and Leigh Griffiths’ off the field issues.
However, Edouard had a new rival for the striker position after the January loan signing of Oliver Burke. Many felt the Scottish international had been signed as a winger but it soon emerged that Brendan Rodgers fancied him down the middle.
As the La Liga outfit came to Glasgow for the Europa League round of 32 first leg, Edouard was benched with Rodgers choosing to go with his new recruit. He did the same in the Mestalla a week later as the hosts put the finishing touches on a 3-0 aggregate win.
Edouard has since gone on to be Celtic’s main man
Rodgers departed as Celtic boss a few weeks later and Neil Lennon came in to steady the ship. One of his early decisions was to put faith in £9million man Edouard and boy has he been rewarded.
The Frenchman scored match winning goals against Dundee, Rangers and Hearts and also turned around the Scottish Cup final against the Edinburgh side last season. This year, he has moved on to even greater things.
Edouard already has six for the season with his most recent strike coming in the 2-0 win at Ibrox.
His exploits with the France under-21 side have propelled him to an even greater standing.
Burke, meanwhile, is getting ready for another long spell. Ironically in Spain.