Celtic returned to competitive action this weekend, demolishing Scottish Championship strugglers Brechin City 5-0 in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup.
The Hoops looked refreshed after their mid-season training camp in Dubai as Brendan Rodgers named a strong starting eleven, with seven of the players who featured in last season’s final also playing on Saturday.
It was a match that the trophy holders were always expected to win and they dominated the entire 90 minutes, finding goals through James Forrest, Scott Sinclair, Olivier Ntcham, Dedryck Boyata and Odsonne Edouard.
One talking point coming out of the match was the decision to exclude Moussa Dembele despite being fit, with Rodgers again opting to start Paris Saint-Germain loanee Edouard, with the former Fulham man spending the afternoon as an unused substitute.
Despite scoring his fifth goal of the season late on in the match, Celtic fans weren’t particular impressed by Edouard’s performance, with some hoping to see Dembele reintroduced to regular action in the green and white hoops.
Supporters took to Twitter to share their thoughts on Edouard’s display…
People saying edouard has the potential to be as good as Dembele. Clearly blitzed. He is only priced at £7m because of where he is coming from
— Jamie Kelly (@JamieeKellyy) January 20, 2018
Seriously hope Celtic aren’t planning on spending more than £1m on Edouard. Doesn’t do enough off the ball and doesn’t do much on it. Never a replacement for Dembele if (when) he goes. Decent for a third choice striker at most.
— Rm ? (@JustOkapi) January 20, 2018
Believe me, I'm absolutely trying my best. Not getting the Edouard vibe.
— Davie McLaughlin (@firstglass1888) January 20, 2018
Me too. Not convinced. Too easy beat and decision making can be poor. Saying that good finish and good ball inside to Lustig for the goal.
— Johnny Browning (@discolite71) January 20, 2018
Me neither. A year ago I got to see Dembele in the flesh for the first time and he was phenomenal against Inverness. Today, Edouard… Meh.
— Krys (@krys1888) January 20, 2018
Édouard was worse than a man doon the first 80 mins the day
— Joe McQuade (@joemcquade91) January 20, 2018
Attack vs defence that one. Brechin are a poor team, could have had 10 if we wanted. Dont see us paying for Edouard to be honest, he's pretty average.
— DeathofAttila (@ABurningPride) January 20, 2018
The boy that came on up front for Brechin has played better than Edouard..? no danger we’re paying £millions for him.
— Rob ??????? (@aarbee13) January 20, 2018
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