Thierry Henry claims Odsonne Edouard ‘too good for Scotland’

On Monday Night Football last night French footballing legend, and one time most hated man in Ireland, Thierry Henry was talking about former Celtic star Odsonne Edouard. Now earning rave reviews after scoring a double on his debut against Tottenham Hotspur, Henry was happy to discuss the man signed by his ex-Arsenal teammate Patrick Viera.

When asked if Edouard was a natural finisher, Henry said: “That’s exactly what he is.

“You see him here (shows clip of Celtic against Rangers) in an Old Firm derby (sic), as soon as his midfielders get the ball he wants to go in behind.

“He is not interested in controlling it. He will swivel and try and shoot.

Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Odsonne Edouard of Crystal Palace celebrates scoring his sides third goal against Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match at Selhurst Park, Photo Nigel Bramley

Showing another clip he said “Same again here, he could have taken the ball, but he’s not interested.

“Let me get into the box, I swivel, and the ball goes in between the leg of the defender (for the goal).

“He’s in the box doing what he does best, scoring goals.

“My only question mark was when he is playing in Scotland, was can he do it in the bigger league. No disrespect to the league in Scotland, but he was too good for that league.”

No one will be surprised at yet another ex-EPL player belittling the Scottish League but in the grand scheme of things he is probably correct. Unfortunately for Celtic, Edouard didn’t show us his full talent last season as he and the rest of the ‘wantaways’ unenthusiastically took part in a dismal season which ended in the failure to deliver 10 in a row.

If Edouard had of played to his full capabilities it’s not unrealistic to think that he could have ended up playing for a bigger club than Crystal Palace.

Conall McGinty

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Hailing from Cushendall in the North of Ireland my formative years were spent watching Celtic during our barren spell through the 90's which meant I have appreciated our recent trophy-laden spell even more. Favourite matches home and away I've attended has to be beating Man Utd 1-0 at Celtic Park and being with my 2 brothers watching us beat Lazio 2-1 in Rome. Best away day experience? Has to be Munich with friends from Coatbridge...what a few days!


  1. Rubbish, I’m afraid. Too good for Scotland! He wasn’t good enough for Albion Rovers! (Apologies to Albion Rovers supporters). The attitude has to be right, and last season I’m afraid it wasn’t.

    • Have to agree with you David. On last season’s form we were lucky to get the sort of money we did for him. Watching him frustrated the hell out of me and unfortunately ruined the good memories I had of him from previous seasons