By Alex McLeish

11th Oct, 2020 | 11:36am

'I'm sure of it' - Exclusive: McLeish makes big Edouard claim ahead of Celtic v Rangers

Alex McLeish has claimed that Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard will be “desperate” to prove to manager Neil Lennon that he is capable of playing in next weekend’s Old Firm derby. 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Rangers boss admitted that the Frenchman’s lack of preparation for the clash at Parkhead will be a “concern” for the Hoops.

Edouard tested positive for Covid-19 earlier in the week, and is now undergoing a period of self-isolation that is due to end on Thursday.

But McLeish is convinced that even with little time to prepare, he will be eager to do his part against the Gers if possible.

Speaking to Football Insider, McLeish said: “It will be a concern, there’s no doubt about it, and the manager will be bursting to see him walking through that door in midweek – to have him ready.

“I think there’ll be a nice wee chat between the player and the manager and Neil will want to see where his head is at, what kind of level he feels he can commit to.

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“It’s a massive, massive game, but again, it’s Rangers they’re playing, and I’m sure Edouard will be desperate to play.

“He’ll only hit Neil Lennon with positive vibes, I’m sure of it.”

Edouard tested positive while away on international duty with France U21s, and subsequently missed European Championship qualifiers against Liechtenstein and Slovakia.

So far this season, the 22-year-old has hit six goals in 10 appearances across all competitions for Neil Lennon’s men.

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