Odsonne Edouard has put a nail in the coffin of utility Celtic man Lewis Morgan as a striker.
The Frenchman’s inclusion in the cup final win showed up the winger turn striker, Morgan. Despite a surprise start with a couple of goals, it isn’t really working for the attacker.
Edouard will be reclaiming his spot ASAP, leaving Morgan in limbo about his future.
Lewis Morgan not working out as Celtic hitman
The former St Mirren man was brought in as a much needed winger for the Hoops. He was sent to Sunderland and came back an arguably better player.
However, he isn’t making a mark in his natural position and is moonlighting as a striker.
Edouard’s injury is giving Morgan game time that he wouldn’t have got otherwise. Despite a couple of goals at the start, Morgan hasn’t been effective in his new role.
Against Rangers, the centre-backs had a field day against the smaller unfamiliar stature in Morgan. He hasn’t got a striker’s brain nor the physicality to challenge Connor Goldson or Filip Helander.
Morgan was rightly hooked in the second half and an unfit Edouard took his spot. This potentially could be the last time fans will see Morgan as a striker this season.
Edouard proving his value up front for the Bhoys
The £9 million striker is proving to be an important player for the Hoops.
Celtic don’t really have anyone else other than the Frenchman to lead the line up to – no one comes close. He wasn’t fit but managed to play out the last half hour and gave the Gers defenders problems. They fear Edouard and couldn’t handle him from the off.
Edouard proved his striker’s instinct by earning the free kick which provided the goal. Furthermore, his hold-up play allowed Mikey Johnston in to pass up a golden chance to make it 2-0. He provided more unfit than Morgan did in little time.
Now he is back, there is no requirement for Morgan to go back in up front. This makes it more difficult for Morgan to get a run in the team as the wings are numbered in quality. His days in Hoops could now be numbered.