Pundit’s Choice: Odsonne Edouard

Pundit’s Choice: Odsonne Edouard

Celtic welcomed RB Leipzig to Celtic Park on Thursday evening for a fixture which was described as a must-win game in the build up to kick-off, and that’s exactly what the Hoops delivered. 

Brendan Rodgers’ side got off to a dream start when boy wonder Kieran Tierney opened the scoring after just 11 minutes with an excellent low drive which the keeper got a slight hand to on its way into the net.

The early goal settled the nerves at Celtic Park, but it rather neutralised the threat of both sides until the second-half when the game exploded into life.

The German visitors rarely threatened Craig Gordon’s goal but they managed to score an equaliser out of absolutely nothing when Jean-Kevin Augustin ghosted in at the far post to head home unchallenged.

But in the blinking of an eye Celtic were back in-front courtesy of Odsonne Edouard. The move started with Scott Sinclair who showed brilliant awareness to play the ball inside to Ryan Christie, and the 23-year-old laid the ball on a silver platter for Celtic’s talisman to restore the advantage.

Shortly after the elation had settled and the goal was assessed, BT Sport commentator Chris Sutton gushed over his exceptional performance and said the 20-year-old had played “like a different animal tonight” (80th minute).

And Sutton continued to express his utmost admiration for Edouard on Twitter shortly after the full-time whistle was blown.

Edouard has been scrutinised by Celtic supporters so far this season but it’s fair to say that the true extent of his quality shone through when it mattered most.

Not only was he in the right place at the right time to notch a potentially season-defining goal, he was in electric form at the spearhead of the attack all evening, striking fear into the Leipzig defenders with his direct approach and willingness to take risks in the final-third.

It was a complete performance from a worthy match winner, and Sutton hit the nail on the head by describing him as a different animal from the one Celtic supporters have become accustomed to so far this season.

Celtic fans – thoughts on Edouard? Let us know below!

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