Alex McLeish has compared Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard’s natural goalscoring ability to that of Rangers legend Ally McCoist.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Rangers and Scotland manager delivered his verdict after the 22-year-old scored his sixth goal of the season on Thursday night.

The Frenchman scored the only goal of the game as the Hoops beat Sarajevo 1-0 and advanced to the Europa League group stages.

 

It was Edouard’s second goal for Neil Lennon’s side since recovering from a thigh strain he suffered at the end of August.

Prior to the injury, the 22-year-old had netted an impressive four goals in as many games for the Scottish champions.

Asked by Football Insider about Edouard’s strike against Sarajevo, McLeish said: “It was a striker’s goal.

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“You see the opposition defenders sucked to the ball, sucked to positions and Edouard just stays in the space that’s been left.

“That’s what the games all about, finding space and Edouard’s pretty good at that in the box.

“He’s got the goalies fumble and it’s a tap in for him.

“You can’t tell anybody in the world that they can do that. That is a gift, a navigation in their head.

“They think ‘ah, that defenders being sucked there let me just stay here in that space and see what happens’.

“It was a typical McCoist goal, how many times did we see him knocking balls in just at the last second?”

Edouard‘s goalscoring ability has played a key role in Celtic’s success since his arrival, initially on loan, from Paris Saint-Germain in 2017.

He has scored 66 goals and contributed 32 assists in 135 games for the Bhoys across all competitions.

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