Celtic banked their fifth win in a row today after they breezed to a 3-0 victory on the road. The reigning Premiership champions made easy work of brushing aside Hamilton, who couldn’t contain their red hot attack.
Neil Lennon will be especially thrilled as he looks to dig Celtic out of a huge hole. They have struggled with an inconsistent season and look more and more likely to lose out on lifting their tenth consecutive Premiership title. Rivals Rangers currently lead the pack and are running away with the league. They top the table with a hefty 16-point lead and are yet to lose a single match.
Lennon has been struggling to unearth his most productive lineup and has been experimenting with his squad in recent weeks. One decision that has paid off in dividends is his gamble on deploying Odsonne Edouard on the wing, rather than in the No.9 role.
The French striker has been hit and miss this season with his performances up front. He has looked a shadow of himself from last campaign, in which he contributed an astonishing 21 goals and 12 assists in 27 league games, as per Transfermarkt.
However, this time round he has been more absent in attack and has struggled to lace up his shooting boots. Loan signing Mohamed Elyounoussi has been more in-form than his teammate, but today Edouard, who reportedly earns £19,000-a-week, bounced back as he started on the left-wing instead of the Southampton ace.
According to Sofascore, the 22-year-old contributed a goal and an assist as well as a further big goalscoring opportunity and five key passes. His blistering presence in front of goal caused Hamilton so many problems. As well as his goal and assist, he hit the woodwork and also completed four of his six attempted dribbles.
His new role on the left could be Lennon’s way forward for the rest of this season. Not only did Edouard thrive out wide but it allowed Leigh Griffiths to shine up front as well. This could really be a masterstroke plan from the Celtic boss.
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