Mark Hateley has said that Odsonne Edouard should be banned for Saturday’s Glasgow Derby match at Ibrox. Neil Lennon’s side won 3-0 against Dundee United yesterday but ex-Rangers player Hateley claims that the French striker should have been sent off and subsequently banned for the mouthwatering fixture at the weekend. Panic stations must be setting in as Celtic are going into the game with six wins in a row and a renewed sense of belief.
Edouard scored Celtic’s third goal of the afternoon and looked like he was getting back to his old self with neat dribbles and linking up with both the midfield and his strike partner, Leigh Griffiths. Yet Hateley has told The Scottish Sun that he thinks that the 22-year-old committed a red card offence against United.
“It’s a lunge, it’s an out-of-control tackle, it’s over the top of the ball and there’s contact. Willie Collum is standing about 10 feet away looking straight at it.
“It’s a dangerous challenge and it’s a red card offence. So, he should be out of the Old Firm game.
“And he would be a huge miss for them in what is such an important game. He’s got that X-factor that any team would like to have.”
Hateley believes that the incident is similar to the blatant red card that was missed from Alfredo Morelos that was subsequently pulled up for retrospective action by the compliance officer. However, this strikes as desperation from Hateley as he is worried about Edouard hitting form and Celtic beating Rangers at Ibrox.
Edouard missed the first encounter between the sides as he was out with COVID-19 and will be hoping to make his mark when he returns to the fixture on Saturday. It is likely that nothing will come of this bizarre and desperate attempt by Hateley to bring attention to an alleged horror tackle.