Celtic may well be without Oliver Burke for Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final against Aberdeen. Interim boss Neil Lennon has disclosed that the player is struggling with a glute injury.
“We’ll see how Oli is tomorrow” Lennon told the Herald. If there are any doubts about the player’s fitness, he shouldn’t start the game.
No doubt about main striker
The potential absence of Burke should also leave no doubt about who starts up-front for the Hoops against Aberdeen – Odsonne Edouard.
Burke has been used up-front by Neil Lennon on occasion. Most recently, in the 2-0 win over St Mirren. Unfortunately, he didn’t have the best game against St Mirren, and was replaced by Edouard for the 0-0 draw with Livingston.
Lennon may have been thinking about using Burke up-front for his pace against Aberdeen. However, with this injury the chances of that happening look to be slim.
Therefore, it seems inevitable that Edouard will start up-front. It has to be said that Edouard has earned the right to be the main striker for the Hoops this season.
He has scored 19 goals this season, and is the Hoops’ top scorer. He has already shown the damage he can do to Aberdeen this season. As a result, he should be taking his rightful place as Celtic’s main striker against Aberdeen.
Perhaps Burke will once again be used as a striker before the end of the season. For the Aberdeen game though, Edouard must be the man.