Frank McAvennie claims Odsonne Edouard’s return for Celtic tonight would be “huge” after Neil Lennon revealed that the striker is in contention to start at Lille.

The former Hoops and St Mirren forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, said that the Scottish Premiership champions have missed the 22-year-old who is the “focal point of the team”.

Edouard has been unavailable for selection since the international break after testing positive for Covid-19 while with the France Under-21s.

In his absence the Bhoys have slipped to home defeats against Rangers and AC Milan while also dropping two points away to Aberdeen on Sunday.

Speaking ahead of the trip to Lille, Neil Lennon confirmed that Edouard and Nir Bitton were once again available for selection.

When asked by Football Insider who’s return was more important ahead of the Europa League tie against Lille, McAvennie said:

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“I do not know whether he will be fit to play tonight but I think Edouard is the focal point of the team.

“They are a better team when Edouard is in the lineup and that is no disrespect to the boys Ajeti and Klimala.

“Edouard is a big player and even though leaking goals is the problem at the moment I think Edouard’s return will be huge if his head is right.”

Speaking ahead of the match, Lennon said: “Elhamed has stayed behind. Bitton and Edouard have travelled.

“They are up to speed to play a part in the game whether we start them or not, that is something that we have to assess. I don’t think we can start the both of them but they’ll definitely be available to play some role in the game.”

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