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Celtic: Odsonne Edouard disappoints in Old Firm derby

If this was Odsonne Edouard’s farewell from Celtic then he has waved goodbye to Parkhead in the worst possible way.

The Frenchman has been linked with a move away from the Hoops for a considerable period of time with speculation mounting in the last few days.

Teams in England are interested in securing the Bhoys forward while a bid from Rubin Kazan has also been forthcoming.

However, if Ange Postecoglou was sceptical about accepting the terms offered, he should simply take the money and run.

Edouard has been a fantastic servant to Celtic down the years, scoring 86 times. Yet, he could now leave the club amid huge disappointment.

Should Celtic cash in on Edouard?

Definitely!

Definitely!

No chance!

No chance!

Postecoglou has been a breath of fresh air to the Glaswegian side and they have improved significantly from an attacking point of view since he arrived.

Though, when it really mattered in the Old Firm on Sunday lunchtime, Celtic struggled to create.

Edouard isn’t the chief suspect in that but when he was presented with an opportunity, he couldn’t find the net.

It was an abject performance from the isolated striker who managed to complete just four passes in the entire match before he was brought off on 68 minutes.

Celtic slipped to a consecutive defeat and this one will hurt immensely, especially after the 23-year-old’s first-half miss.

Kyogo Furuhashi got down the left-hand side and then put the ball on a plate for Edouard inside the six-yard box.

So used to tucking away those opportunities with relative ease, he somehow missed with the goal at his mercy. He tried side-footing the ball home but got it all wrong, skewing the attempt wide.

That was the forward’s biggest moment in the game and indeed Celtic’s as they were left to rue that miss in a 1-0 defeat. Had he scored, Postecoglou would be walking away from Ibrox with a small smile on his face; instead he will be angry with his star striker for failing to put the ball away.

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Edouard’s afternoon was capped off by a measly 19 touches – a number that happened to be lower than goalkeeper Joe Hart who took 56 touches.

From those occasions where he had the ball, he managed to surrender the ball on ten occasions. That meant the in-demand attacker gave away possession every 1.9 touches.

Furthermore, he only won 40% of the physical duels he was involved in.

If Edouard does move in the remaining days of the transfer market, this was not a fond farewell. Celtic look considerably better when Kyogo is playing through the middle instead.

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