Former Celtic record signing John Hartson has some advice for Odsonne Edouard, the man who recent joined the Hoops in a new record deal for the Bhoys.
Hartson feels that the 20-year-old should just try and ignore all the pressure that comes with being the most expensive player in the club’s history, and just think about putting the ball in the back of the net.
“My only advice to Odsonne would be to try and block as much as that out as possible because we all know that players have nothing to do with how much they cost” he said, writing in his column in the Evening Times.
“All he can focus on is hitting the ground running and showing the kind of form that he did in the latter half of last season.”
The amount of money the Hoops paid PSG for the French striker is so far undisclosed, but it is thought to have broken the £6million barrier the Bhoys paid for Hartson and Chris Sutton in the early 2000s.
Football Insider verdict
If Odsonne Eoduard is looking for advice on how to deal with his permanent deal to the Hoops, then John Hartson is just the man. He was under lots of pressure after joining the Hoops in 2001, and under even more after taking weeks to score his first goal for the Bhoys. But he eventually got going and had a great career with the Hoops, scoring over 100 goals for the Bhoys. Of course, the big difference between Edouard and Hartson is that the Frenchman was with the Hoops on loan last season. But the situation is different now, Edouard will be under far more scrutiny after becoming the most expensive player in the club’s history. He has handled pressure situations for the Hoops before – games against Rangers for example – but this is a new level of pressure on such a young player. Thankfully he looks to have the confidence to deal with the situation, but if needed Hartson could be a useful sounding board for the player.
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