Celtic fans will be hoping that talisman Odsonne Edouard can put in a match winning performance for the Hoops in this Sunday’s 4th Round Scottish Cup tie at Ibrox against theRangers.
The French Under 21 goalscorer is set to leave Celtic this summer amid interest from England, Germany and Italy and will be aiming to sign off on a high by winning the Scottish Cup at Hampden on Saturday 22 May. In England Edouard is attracting interest from the likes of Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City, Arsenal – where former Celtic teammate Kieran Tierney has been a huge success – and West Ham so it would need something like a big win at new online casinos UK for Celtic to keep one of the top young strikers in European football at the club beyond the end of this season.
With Patryk Klimala already on his way to New York to undergo a medical at Red Bull ahead of a £3.5m transfer and with Leigh Griffiths linked to a return to Hibs if Celtic decide against taking up the final optional year on his contract the loss of Edouard as well will mean that the next Celtic manager will have to recruit numerous strikers ahead of next season, with only Albian Ajeti, the £5m summer signing from West Ham, remaining.
Indeed it would be unsurprising if he too leaves Celtic in the summer as the Swiss striker, who had done very well during his time as FC Basel, has endured a difficult first season in Scottish football and has been one of many disappointments in a campaign where Celtic failed to secure a tenth successive title for the second time in the club’s history.
The up side of that of course is that Celtic remains the only club in world football to have won 9 consecutive titles twice! Always look on the bright side and all that and that’s what the Celtic support will be doing on Sunday afternoon if Odsonne Edouard – or French Eddie as he’s nicknamed by the fans – delivers once again at Ibrox and helps knock theRangers out of the Scottish Cup, a trophy that they have yet to win in their club’s history.
Certainly the former Celtic striker Chris Sutton, speaking on the Record Celtic Podcast reckons that the French Under 21 striker owes the Celtic supporters an outstanding performance in a big game in this what is almost certainly his final season at the club.
“I think that Celtic are due a performance from Edouard. I think he’s improved as the season has gone on. But we haven’t really seen an enormous explosive performance in a big game, and I think he owes that to Celtic this season.
“If this is going to be his last season at Celtic then he wants to bow out on a high. Win the game and do something extraordinary which we know he is capable of.
“This season he has just seemed off the pace. He hasn’t seemed at his best – I don’t know what it is, whether his head has been turned. But he certainly owes it to the Celtic support and to the manager to put in a big performance.”
Celtic have outplayed theRangers in the previous two matches played so far this year but have yet to secure a victory. Nothing would be sweeter than the Hoops making it third time lucky this weekend and if that is going to happen the chances are that it will be Odsonne Edouard who will be the match winner for the Scottish Cup Holders who are looking for their 5th consecutive Scottish Cup triumph and overall the 41st time that the famous old trophy has ended up in the Parkhead trophy room.