Celtic could be without Odsonne Edouard for this month’s Scottish Cup final after he picked up a knock at the weekend. The Daily Record have reported that the Frenchman injured his ankle during the 2-0 defeat to Rangers and is now considered a doubt for the showpiece clash at Hampden.
Jonny Hayes and Mikael Lustig could also miss the encounter but it would be Edouard’s absence that would cause Neil Lennon most grief.
No recognised backup
It seems totally remarkable that a club the size of Celtic are going into the game with one recognised striker. What seems even more astounding is that the problem is nothing new. The club have limped through most of the season with just Edouard.
Rewind a year and the options were much stronger. Edouard was joined by his compatriot Moussa Dembele and the reliable Leigh Griffiths. Differing circumstances have meant that the latter two haven’t been around, with Edouard the sole candidate for the role. Oli Burke was initially seen as an option but his form and ability soon put paid to that.
Celtic’s lack of cover in defence has perhaps overshadowed our need for more and better attacking options. If Edouard is unavailable for the final then we may have to go with an unrecognised player like James Forrest or Scott Sinclair. It seems absolutely remarkable that we could go into a potential history making match with such an avoidable dilemma.
Simple planning would have meant we had a back-up striker ready to go. Our luck is going to run out in the cups one day and it may just be self-inflicted when it does.
Brendan Rodgers had a lot of success at the club but he also has a lot to answer for. His failure to find a suitable back-up to Edouard is one such example.