Odsonne Edouard taken off Celtic penalty duty

By Hamish Carton

July 25, 2019

Celtic forward Odsonne Edouard may feel a little harshly treated after he was taken off penalty duty.

The Frenchman was overlooked for Ryan Christie when the Hoops were given a spot-kick during the 5-0 thumping of Nomme Kalju. Christie may have dispatched the penalty with aplomb but the decision still raised some eyebrows.

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Two of the forward’s last five goals came from the spot. He scored both into the same net at Hampden Park – converting in both the Scottish Cup semi-final and final.

Edouard’s equaliser against Hearts in May was perhaps the most nerve-wracking Celtic penalty since Kris Commons against Spartak Moscow. The Frenchman was the coolest man in the stadium as he dispatched the ball past Zdenek Zlamal in the Jambos goal.

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Christie, meanwhile, had only netted one Celtic penalty prior to the Kalju clash. That was in last November’s 5-0 demolition of Hearts.

Most Celtic fans won’t care if it’s Edouard or Christie

Arguing over who should take penalties is pretty irrelevant when the ball is being put in the back of the net. It was no laughing matter last season when the Hoops were missing penalties left, right and centre.

Scott Sinclair was the main culprit at that point so as long as he’s kept far away then most Celtic fans will be happy.

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Edouard, meanwhile, will have his eyes on the top scorer prize.