Chris Sutton is hopeful that Odsonne Edouard will make his return to the Celtic starting line-up for the first time in a month when the Hoops take on Aberdeen on Sunday, the Daily Record reports.
Sutton watched Edouard make his return from Covid-19 against Lille on Thursday. He thinks that Edouard can make such a difference to the team that he should start even if he is no 100% fit.
“Boosts the rest of the players”
“I’ve said many times that Celtic are a totally different team with a fit and firing Odsonne Edouard in the line-up and it was great to see him back on the pitch as a sub…if he’s 80 per cent ready to go, you’d start him. He strikes fear into defenders, and he also boosts the rest of the Celtic players when they know they have his talent at the top of the pitch” Sutton said, writing in his Daily Record column.
It would be a gamble indeed if Edouard started for the Hoops against Aberdeen. After all, he is only just back in action after a serious illness.
However, to give Celtic the best chance of reaching the final, then you have to select your best players. Edouard certainly falls into that category.
Other options are available
Neil Lennon has other options available. Therefore, it is not a real problem for Celtic if Edouard can’t start the game. However, as Sutton says, the other players in the Celtic team will get a boost knowing that Edouard is fit and ready to start for the Hoops.
He does indeed strike ‘fear’ into opposition players. An Edouard team-up with, for example, Tom Rogic and Mo Elyounoussi, could pose plenty of problems to the Aberdeen defence.
Only time will tell if Edouard gets the nod to start for the Hoops at Hampden. However, if his name is on the team sheet it will be a real boost for the Hoops, and a real downer for Aberdeen.