By Kevin Phillips

1st Aug, 2021 | 8:10am

Phillips blasts Edouard for 'playing at 75%' as new Celtic controversy emerges

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou was wrong to start Odsonne Edouard during his side’s opening games of the season.

That’s according to Sunderland legend Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the Hoops’ start to the season.

Celtic lost to Hearts on Saturday night just days after being knocked out of the Champions League by FC Midtjylland.

On 18th July, The Express claimed Brighton are set to make a move for Edouard, 23.

The Frenchman is out of contract next summer and appears likely to follow Kristoffer Ajer out of Parkhead.

This hasn’t stopped Ange Postecoglou from using the striker as he has started all three of Celtic’s competitive games this season.

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Phillips insists this is the wrong call with Edouard looking like he’s not committed to the club with his sluggish performances.

“I can see from both sides and I can see why he started,” Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“From previous experience, I wouldn’t have played the player.

“It’s hard when you have a transfer bubbling away in the background. He won’t want to get injured.

“He’s got a chance to move to the Premier League. You look at the performance and wonder if he’s playing with that doubt in his mind.

“It’s not what Celtic need. I’m sure the manager spoke to Edouard and he will have said he wants to play.

“You never say you don’t want to play, you never say that. He’s playing at 75%, that’s not good enough.

“It was the wrong call to play him. Maybe there was a bit of shop window stuff going on. He’s fit but he hasn’t looked sharp, he’s looked sloppy..

“I wouldn’t have played him.”

In other news, McAvennie blasts ‘disgraceful’ Celtic chiefs as Postecoglou haunted by Desmond block.