Celtic forward Odsonne Edouard has fired a warning to Rangers ahead of Sunday’s Old Firm clash, by revealing that he believes that the Hoops will be going all out for victory in the match.
The 20-year-old Frenchman claimed that the Bhoys will be able to cope with the intensity of the game as they are used to playing in “high-pressure situations”.
“For me, this will be our most important match of the yea,r” Edouard said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“It is against our biggest rivals and on these days, victory for the fans is very important. You can’t think about defeat.
“That is why we’re all working towards a victory.
“We know it will be hard at Rangers’ home but we are used to high-pressure situations.”
Edouard’s most recent appearance for the Hoops was a successful one, as he helped the Hoops defeat Morton 3-0 to clinch a place in the Scottish Cup semi-final.
With the match goalless at half-time, the Frenchman gave the Bhoys an impetus they had previously when he came on for Scott Sinclair.
He won the penalty which put the Bhoys 2-0 ahead and scored the third goal in injury time, and he may well be in manager Brendan Rodgers’ thoughts to start the Old Firm derby.
Football Insider verdict
Edouard is correct to talk up the significance of the game, as it is a very big one. With Rangers in a good run of form and only six points behind the Hoops – the Bhoys do have a game in hand – the match is a potential league decider. Celtic know that a win will all but clinch a seventh title in a row and as such they should go to Ibrox and play to win, which may mean selecting Edouard for his first start in the unique experience of the Old Firm derby. His partnership with Moussa Dembele looked very good against Morton and although the Gers defence will be tougher to break, it is worth going with with the pair up-front as the Bhoys look to clinch their fourth straight league win at the home of their oldest rivals.
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