'Oh, no' - Exclusive: McAvennie on Edouard after Chris Sutton hits out
Frank McAvennie insists he has total faith Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard will rediscover his best form.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Hoops forward claimed the Frenchman is still doing well for the team despite his lack of goals.
Edouard’s last goal for Celtic came at the beginning of October although he has tested positive for coronavirus since then and spent time out of the side.
As reported by the Boot Room, BT Sport pundit Chris Sutton said the 22-year-old’s performance in the Bhoys’ 4-1 defeat to Sparta Prague in the Europa League on Thursday night was a “disappointment”.
Asked by Football Insider whether he was concerned about Edouard’s form, McAvennie said: “Oh no. He’s been out for a while with covid.
“I’ve got no concern about his form because he’s doing well for the team.
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“He’s what you call an out and out striker, he brings that balance to Celtic because he gets the ball and holds it. Albian Ajeti and Patryk Klimala don’t.
“People send the ball to Edouard because they know he’s going to hold it up. The same with Rogic, they know he’s not going to lose it.
“When Ajeti and Klimala are playing they run by them and they lose the ball. Edouard gives everybody in the team confidence.
“I hope he stays fit for a couple of weeks so they can get the balance back and get the line going.
“Rangers are nine points ahead but Celtic have two games in hand so it makes it interesting.”
Edouard has only scored once in the Scottish Premiership this season since his opening day hat-trick against Hamilton Academical.
Last season the France Under-21 international netted 21 goals in 27 league games.
In other Celtic news, a top pundit has slammed a “shambolic” Hoops star who is “letting everyone down”.