Neil Lennon being sensible in letting Edouard decide Hampden fate

By John Reid

December 6, 2019

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has said that he will leave it up to Odsonne Edouard to decide if he is fit enough to play against Rangers in Sunday’s Betfred Cup Final.

The Hoops player has not featured for Celtic since coming off in the second-half of the 4-0 win against Livingston last month.

Now the Hoops boss is going to let Edouard make his own mind up, as reported by Superscoreboard on Twitter.

That can only be considered sensible management by the Celtic boss. The player will know himself is he able to possibly play for 120 minutes against Rangers on Sunday. That will be why Lennon has left the decision up the player.

Attacker will be desperate to play in match

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Now, it could be said that if the next game was a league and not a cup final against Rangers, then Edouard would not feature in the game. However, he will desperate to play in the game. It is his first opportunity to play in a final against Celtic’s biggest rivals.

He also has an excellent record against Rangers, and will be keen to add to that. However, he will know if he can play the entire game, or if it will be too much of a risk to play.

Should not be involved if not fully fit

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If the player isn’t fully fit, he should not be risked in the fixture. No matter how important the game is, you don’t want to run the risk of Edouard making his injury worse.

If Edouard can’t play, Leigh Griffiths could replace him in the side. There is also the option of Lewis Morgan starting up front for the fourth game in a row.

There is no doubt that Neil Lennon would love to have Edouard fully fit and raring to go for the Hampden Park clash. However, letting the player make the decision is the right thing to do.