Czech Mate – Celtic’s sensational striker is the talk of French Football after four goal blitz

IF Odsonne Edouard had somehow slipped under the radar so far after his outstanding performances for Celtic over the last 18 months or so, the cat is well and truly out of the bag now. The Celtic striker’s four goals in a game and a half for the French Under 21s has attracted widespread praise and attention in the French media and beyond.

Edouard was a substitute at the weekend against Albania but came on at the interval and scored twice. The photograph above is from Edouard’s debut against Albania. And he added another two goals to his tally last night in the 3-1 win over Czech Republic, who had taken the lead Patrik Zitny before the Celtic man, cool as you like, levelled the score. Bryan Mbeumo put the French ahead before Edouard netted his second of the night and the fourth of the weekend for the French Under 21s.

In the last week or so both Monaco and Lyon have been linked with Edouard but while he’s been getting the press attention, he has been keen to talk up Celtic and even invited the French media to come over and experience the unique atmosphere at Celtic Park, to see for themselves why he loves playing for the Hoops.

These quotes from l’Equipe are in the papers today but regular readers of The Celtic Star will have read them first on here yesterday at lunchtime.

French Eddie said after his two goals on his debut “It’s a good start – but it’s just a start. It’s great to play in France again. Knowing many of my teammates – from other age groups and from Paris – makes it easier.”

Neil Lennon also spoke to l’Equipe about his sensational striker. “Edouard is brilliant, and I’m not just talking about his goals,” Lenny said.

“His way of integrating into the game is spectacular. He has magical feet and he’s faster than you’d think. His last double in the cup final gave him a lot of confidence.”

On this impressive form it is inevitable that Odsonne Edouard will be linked with a move away from Celtic, and both Monaco and Lyon have been linked with the sensational striker in the last week alone.

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