Alan Hutton admitted that he was blown away by Celtic attacker Odsonne Edouard after seeing him up close for the first time on Sunday.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former Scotland international confessed that while he already thought Edouard was a very good player, he’d previously only watched him from a distance.
Edouard played 31 minutes of the Hoops’ 1-0 win over Rangers in the Scottish League Cup final on Sunday, with him starting the game from the bench.
Hutton revealed he thought Edouard was a gamechanger for the Hoops and highlighted how the 21-year-old made some unbelievable touches in the match.
When asked if Edouard proved he was a gamechanger on Sunday, Hutton told Football Insider: “To be honest I’ve watched from him from a distance and thought he was a very good player.
“I hadn’t really seen him at any of the games and that was the first time (on Sunday) and he changed the game massively.
“When Edouard came on in the second half, some of his touches were unbelievable, instantly made an impact.
“He was a nuisance to the two centre-halves, held the ball up well, played his teammates in.
“He was a massive difference and I think if Celtic didn’t go a man down, he definitely would have been the turning point.”
Edouard has scored 13 goals, while registering 12 assists, in the 26 outings he has made so far this season for the Hoops.
The France Under-21 international joined the Hoops on a permanent basis from Paris Saint-Germain in July after previously spending his 2017/18 campaign on loan with Celtic.