By Alan Hutton

10th Sep, 2020 | 4:00pm

'Lennon will be thrilled' - Exclusive: Pundit reacts to big Edouard-Celtic development

Alan Hutton has tipped Neil Lennon to shake up his tactics at Celtic after Odsonne Edouard returned to fitness over the international break.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Rangers and Scotland defender believes the Hoops boss will have been delighted to see the hitman start and score for France’s under-21 side against Azerbaijan.

The 22-year-old missed both the Champions League qualifying defeat to Ferencvaros and the league win over Motherwell due to injury.

Lennon started without a natural centre-forward in both games, with Albian Ajeti and Patryck Klimala both named as substitutes in Edouard’s absence.

Hutton believes that his star striker’s return could see a change of formation from the Northern Irish boss when the Hoops return to league action against Ross County.

“He scored a penalty and yeah, it’s the ideal situation for him; back playing, scoring, confidence high and coming back at a time where Celtic obviously need him,” Hutton told Football Insider.

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“Whether Celtic switch back to playing with three at the back and two up front, it looks like they will do with maybe him and Ajeti up front, I think they could form a half-decent partnership.

“It’s good to see him back playing and I’m sure Lennon will be thrilled that he’s scored and he’s been looked after as well. He’s not come back with any niggles, I wouldn’t have thought. They’ll be happy all round I would think.” 

Lennon played a 3-5-2 formation with Edouard and Leigh Griffiths leading the line late last season but he has utilised a 4-5-1 for the early stages of this campaign.

The Frenchman has netted four goals in as many games this term.

In other Celtic news, it can be REVEALED that the club are working on a deal to sign £5m-valued forward on pre-contract.