Alex McLeish has backed Odsonne Edouard to return to top form for Celtic over the coming weeks after his exploits on the international stage.
The former Rangers and Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has admitted the 22-year-old has “plateaued” at Parkhead but insisted the best young players will always bounce back.
Edouard, who has not scored for Celtic since September, managed to break his goalscoring duck on Monday with a double for France’s under-21s against Switzerland.
He is now the all-time top scorer for France’s under-21s, having leapfrogged former Celtic teammate Moussa Dembele with 15 goals in 10 appearances.
McLeish has suggested that the adrenaline of playing regular first-team football has worn off for the Hoops hitman but that he will rediscover his form before too long.
McLeish told Football Insider: “You can see in a young player, normally, you see them in training with the first-team players and you think: ‘This kid’s going to be great’.
“Then they get a run in the first-team and they are great and generally it’s the adrenaline, because if you’ve got a talent, normally they carry that into the first-team.
“Then they plateau a wee bit – they climb that wee hill, looking great and then they plateau a bit and then they come back again. You know, the best players will come back again and that’s the case for Odsonne Edouard.
“We know he’s a talented player and he, for one reason or another, just lost a bit of form. We were speaking about James Tavernier losing form last year, Goldson in parts of the season.
“They all do it and they’re only human but we expect them to be brilliant every single week. It’s the demands of modern-day football and especially with social network, social media, then there’s no hiding place.”
Edouard has scored a total of 66 times in 139 games for Celtic, although only six of those goals have come this season.