By Alex McLeish

19th Dec, 2020 | 3:12pm

Exclusive: McLeish names the Celtic player who'll score cup final winner

Alex McLeish has backed misfiring Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard to “revel” in Sunday’s Scottish Cup final against Hearts.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Rangers and Scotland manager insisted the Frenchman is still capable of putting in a game-winning performance despite his recent form.

Edouard has scored just once in his last eight domestic appearances for the Hoops.

However, the France Under-21 international has netted in both of his last two Europa League appearances but they were consolation goals in a 4-1 and 4-2 defeat.

Last season, Edouard scored 27 goals in 46 games for the Bhoys across all competitions and won the SFWA Football of the Year award.

It looked like he was set to continue his form into this campaign when he scored a hat-trick against Hamilton Academical on the opening day of the league season.

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However, since then he has struggled after testing positive for coronavirus and netted just six times in his next 18 appearances.

McLeish has claimed the Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park could be the perfect opportunity to re-find his form.

“This is where big players come to the fore,” McLeish told Football Insider.

“Edouard has had a great deal of positive publicity in the last year or so. Recently he’s lost confidence.

“But this is the type of game where you would expect an Edouard to revel and possibly score the winner. I’m sure the opposition will have something to say about that.”

In the 2018-19 Scottish Cup final Edouard scored the equaliser from the penalty sport against Hearts as Celtic ran out 2-1 winners.

The striker has scored four goals in 10 appearances in the Scottish Cup in three seasons.

In other news, Celtic are readying talks over signing a £4million-valued star in January for nothing.