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Celtic must axe Odsonne Edouard vs Alkmaar

Celtic are on a magnificent run of form at the moment with Ange Postecoglou’s Hoops winning six games on the trot.

During the course of that time they have scored 24 goals but only three of them belong to a certain Odsonne Edouard.

The Frenchman has been a divisive figure during the calendar year but despite lingering thoughts that he will leave Parkhead, it’s actually growing increasingly likely that he’ll stay.

If that occurs then Celtic risk losing him for free next summer when his contract at Paradise ends.

Edouard had been accused of downing tools towards the back end of last term after ending 2020/21 with three goals in his last ten outings.

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He is a striker who is used to scoring on a more frequent basis than that but plenty of distractions have been thrown his way.

The forward’s future is still incredibly uncertain and his status in the team has diminished this season as a result.

Despite winning 6-0 against St Mirren last week, a game Edouard actually scored in, their best football this season has come without him in the starting XI.

Edouard hasn’t started a single game during the club’s so-far successful Europa League qualifying run. Instead, Kyogo Furuhashi has usurped his status as Celtic’s star man.

The Japan international has been scintillating since penning terms a few months ago and already has six goals in seven outings for the club.

However, when he was shunted to the left-hand side at the expense of Celtic’s number 22 last weekend, he struggled slightly and didn’t have the same impact in front of goal as when he plays through the middle.

Edouard was a threat, playing four key passes and finding the net, but the £19k-per-week earner barely touched the ball aside from that. Only 11 passes in the entire clash came from his boot, fewer than goalkeeper Joe Hart.

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The 23-year-old appears to be coming into form but if he is going to leave then Ange Postecoglou must prioritise Furuhashi in a central role.

The new signing has been exceptional in continental action so playing him up top on his own makes more sense when they face AZ Alkmaar in the second leg on Thursday.

AND in other news, Forget Edouard: Ange must unleash £16k-p/w Celtic gem today, he’s “majestic to watch”…

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