Celtic fans have taken to Twitter to react after seeing that their talisman Odsonne Edouard was only fit enough to make the bench for the Betfred Cup final against Rangers.
Edouard – who has been linked with a January move to Premier League side Crystal Palace – has scored 13 goals while also recording 12 assists in all competitions so far this season, leading the line admirably for Neil Lennon in terms of creating and scoring.
However, despite Lennon revealing that the Frenchman had trained and that the decision to play against Rangers from the first whistle rested with the 21-year-old striker, Edouard was nowhere to be seen in the starting XI.
In his place, the former Bolton manager opted to hand a start to 23-year-old forward Lewis Morgan, who has scored just two goals in all competitions this season.
One supporter said that Edouard’s absence was a “big blow”, and that the Bhoys’ style of play very much revolves around the young forward.
Another supporter echoed the belief that the 13-goal striker’s absence was a blow, this time deciding that it was a “massive” one rather than just “big”.
Édouard doesn’t start- a big blow for #Celtic He is the focal point of the team and our style of play very much revolves around him. Surprised in his absence, Morgan gets the nod over Griffiths.
— Brian McNally (@McNallyMirror) December 8, 2019
Massive blow Edouard doesn’t make it! But we get on with it and at least he’s on the bench but where is Griffiths???
— celticghirl1888 (@celticghirl0106) December 8, 2019
Another bunch of supporters on Twitter also reacted to Edouard’s situation.
One simply emphasised their confusion at the decision to bench Edouard, whereas another said that they would’ve started the 6 foot 2 forward even if he had no legs instead over Morgan in a Glasgow Derby.
— mia 💫 (@miawhite88) December 8, 2019
I would start of started Eddy with nae legs before Morgan in a glasgow derby
— leeham (@liamross28) December 8, 2019
Another fan made reference to Lennon stating that there was a “very good chance” Edouard could start the Betfred Cup final, laughing at the forward’s presence amongst the substitutes despite the encouraging comments.
How is Edouard on bench when yous were saying there was a very good chnace he would start ahahha yous are at it
— Jack Morrison (@Jack98Uptherebs) December 8, 2019
Lastly, this supporter said that Edouard’s absence is a massive thing for the club, and highlights the need for a new striker in the January window.
Edouard missing is massive for us the need for a striker in January is highlighted here another big game with a winger up front
— Viking13 (@CelticVike) December 8, 2019
These supporters needn’t have worried, however, as Christopher Jullien scored to secure a 1-0 win for the Bhoys.
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