Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard believes that the mentality showed by the Hoops players after they reduced to 10 men against Rangers inspired them to a famous victory at Ibrox.
Despite the second-half dismissal of Jozo Simunovic, the Hoops – lead by captain Scott Brown – knuckled down and substitute Edouard scored the winning goal in a 3-2 victory.
The win all but seals the Bhoys’ seventh consecutive league title and the 20-year-old on-loan striker from PSG claims that the team showed a togetherness that the Gers couldn’t cope with.
“After the red card, we were stronger mentally and we showed that we were together even more and that helped us achieve the victory,” the Frenchman said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
Edouard, whose winning goal against the Ibrox side was his ninth of the season, may well be due a start for the Bhoys in their next game, away to Motherwell on Sunday, after his highly impressive showing against Graeme Murty’s side.
Football Insider verdict
It is hard to disagree with what the 20-year-old striker has said. The Hoops, lead by captain Scott Brown and manager Brendan Rodgers, showed real mental strength to not only play with 10 men for half an hour but to go on and win the game at the home to their greatest rivals. The Gers lack the experience both in their playing squad and in the dugout that the Hoops have, and that really told with the superb game management deployed by Rodgers, which Murty failed to counter. The win has to go down as one of the Hoops’ best ever at Ibrox, and the strong mentality of everyone at the club certainly played a big part.
In other Celtic news, the Hoops are considering signing Edouard on a permanent deal at the end of the season