Celtic forward Odsonne Edouard needs to play alongside a strike partner if he is to produce his dazzling best – and Leigh Griffiths is the ideal facilitator.
That is the view of ex-Rangers man Alan Hutton, who spoke exclusively with Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams ahead of Celtic’s meeting with Dundee United this afternoon.
Edouard was on target from the spot against Hamilton on Boxing Day and has six goals in the league – nine in all competitions – for Celtic this season.
But the 22-year-old Frenchman hasn’t scored from open play in the Scottish Premiership since a hat-trick on the opening day of the season, also against Hamilton.
Hutton has offered his verdict on the situation, suggesting that Edouard’s contribution is greater than simply sticking the ball in the back of the net, but that he needs another man up front with him if he is to sparkle.
“Even though his goalscoring record hasn’t been great, he does add to the team with different attributes. But I think when you play with two up front that’s when you see the best of him,” he told Football Insider.
“I think when he’s up top with the likes of Leigh Griffiths, Griffiths can be the focal point that allows Eduoard to move about, to get on the ball and make things happen.
“There have been times recently where his form hasn’t been great, but so did most of the team’s. I don’t think you can just single him out…
“In recent games, I think we’re starting to see the best of him. Sometimes I think when he plays on his own they lean too heavily on him to go and do some magic, to go and make something happen.”
Edouard has been heavily linked with a move to either AC Milan or Juventus in recent weeks.
However, in the past few days, it has been reported that if the former-PSG is to leave, it will not be in January.