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Odsonne Edouard has been a success for Celtic overall since singing on-loan from PSG in 2017, scoring nine goals this season including the winner in the recent 3-2 win over Rangers.

But after a poor performance in the goalless draw against Motherwell before the international break, Brendan Rodgers should consider putting Edouard on the bench, particularly as Leigh Griffiths is once again fit.

Griffiths, 27, was in superb form before he suffered an injury against Hibernian in January, scoring winning goals in consecutive matches against Partick Thistle and Hibernian.

Rodgers should recognise that and start Griffiths against Ross County on Saturday. The game seems like an ideal one to bring Griffiths back for, as he should thrive against the team at the bottom of the league.

The Griffiths-Edouard conundrum could also play a part in the upcoming Old Firm Scottish Cup semi-final.

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Both players have scored against the Ibrox club this season, Edouard in the aforementioned recent 3-2 win at Ibrox, and Griffiths in the 2-0 win in September.

Rodgers may have to decide what player will line-up alongside Moussa Dembele in the semi-final. Griffiths should be the slight favourite as he has such a good record against the Ibrox side, but that doesn’t mean that Edouard can’t play a big part in the game, perhaps from off the bench again.

Edouard’s long-term future with the Hoops is still in doubt, but short-term he should be on the bench and replaced by senior player Griffiths.

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