Alan Hutton has hailed Odsonne Edouard as Celtic’s ‘main man’ in the absence of Leigh Griffiths, as told to Football Insider.
Griffiths has been a rarely-seen figure at Celtic Park for the past year, having been awarded significant time away for personal reasons last season, and has only featured sporadically under Neil Lennon since the striker’s return to action this summer (TransferMarkt).
The 29-year-old’s warranted extended leave put the emphasis on Edouard to deliver the goals which would fire Celtic to the Scottish Premiership title in what was his maiden campaign in Britain, after joining from Paris Saint-Germain in 2018.
Edouard rose to the task and would end the season with 14 goals in the league, along with a further eight spread across the knockout tournaments, and has hit the ground running this term with nine in 17 across all competitions (TransferMarkt).
Hutton now feels that Edouard is the Hoops go-to guy in attack when searching for goals, and conceded that he despises when the France U21 international faces his former side Rangers.
“He’s definitely their main man when it comes to scoring goals,” Hutton said. “I hate when he plays against Rangers, as he always seems to do well and scores – he is really a thorn in Rangers’ side.
“But I know Griffiths has done well over the years, had his own problems off-the-field, so yeah, he’s definitely stepped up the plate to be the main guy.
“It’s a massive club, with a massive fanbase who demand high standards, so he is definitely setting the tone for them.”
It is hard to argue with Hutton’s comments that Edouard has become the main man for Celtic, but Lennon is not solely relying on the PSG product being his attacking threat, as Ryan Christie has scored more in the Premiership this term than his younger teammate (WhoScored).
Goals have been sparse beyond the duo, though, as three players have hit two and five have a sole strike to show for their efforts, which shows how much Lennon needs Edouard and Christie performing at their bests.
Neither were able to add to their tallies at the weekend when the Hoops were beaten 2-0 at Livingston, and Lennon can ill afford Edouard going a third top-flight fixture without a goal after the international break with Rangers now atop the table.
Will Celtic get to 10 in a row?
Celtic fans, can Griffiths rediscover his place as the main man or is it now the time of Edouard at Celtic Park? Let us know in the comments below…
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