Tommy Coyne suggests Odsonne Edouard should start at Ibrox

By Hamish Carton

August 27, 2019

Former Celtic striker Tommy Coyne has hinted that he thinks Odsonne Edouard should lead the line for the Hoops at Ibrox on Sunday.

Neil Lennon’s men travel to Govan to face their rivals with three pretty in-form strikers fit and available, barring any last minute injuries.

Edouard has been a stand-out so far this season – netting five goals in eight starts including in the Champions League and Europa League. Leigh Griffiths has chipped in with three in four starts while Vakoun Issouf Bayo was integral in the weekend win over Hearts.

The Ivorian forward may have seen both of his apparent strikes against the Jambos chalked off for own goals but that won’t take away from the display he put in on his first competitive start.

Speaking prior to the decision made by the ‘dubious goals panel’, Coyne hailed Bayo’s impact but still suggested that Edouard should lead the line at Ibrox.

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“I didn’t see Bayo’s goals against Hearts, but the manager will be happy,” he told the Scottish Sun.

“He will want all of his strikers scoring.

“As a centre forward, you want to be getting the goals because it means you play.

“But goals are coming from everywhere for Celtic. The strikers are scoring, but they also have goals from midfield. Ryan Christie, Callum McGregor and Tom Rogic, when fit, all chip in.

“The Celtic manager will know which players to pick. It will be the ones who will be best equipped for Ibrox.”

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Is Edouard starting at Ibrox even a debate?

Quite simple, no. The Frenchman is our talisman on the big occasion and must start in the big match on Sunday.

His record in Govan has been pretty mixed so far. Edouard started the most recent match there – a dire 2-0 defeat after the league had been sewn up. Like the majority of his teammates he was poor that day, although he did still create our best chance in the closing stages which was spurned hopelessly by Oli Burke.

Edouard didn’t even start in the earlier clash last season. Pretty amazingly, Mikey Johnston was preferred as a lone striker to the Frenchman as we lost 1-0 back in December. Edouard came on at the hour mark and put in a good display, assisting Callum McGregor’s neat goal that was ruled out for offside.

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But by far his best afternoon at the home of our rivals was back in March 2018 when he rose from the bench to score a wonderful winner in the 3-2 game. The 21-year-old hasn’t really looked back from that moment and has since netted three against the Gers.

He’ll be hoping to make another big contribution this weekend.