Celtic extended their lead at the top of the SPFL on Sunday afternoon as goals from Kristoffer Ajer, Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffths enabled the club to secure a 3-1 win over Kilmarnock.
With news of Rangers’ 2-2 draw lingering in the air at Celtic Park, Neil Lennon’s side managed to recover from an early setback to clinch a potentially decisive three points.
A ninth SPFL title is firmly in the club’s sights, and the quality of Edouard’s displays this season have been hugely influential in their surge up the table.
The prolific French attacker took his tally to 20 in 25 league games with his first-half strike against Kilmarnock, earning esteemed praise from BBC Sport’s Martin Dowden in the process.
Edouard was named man of the match by Dowden, who suggested the 22-year-old has plenty of scope for improvement, per BBC.
“His goal return is strong but it’s Edouard’s ability to be calm, to bring others into play that’s equally impressive. He is strong, always in full control of the ball, and more often than not picks the right option.
“An absolute nightmare for any defender and when you consider his youth, this player has much room to get better.”
As Dowden alludes to, the former Paris Saint-Germain youngster is just getting started.
Moussa Dembele’s rise to prominence in European football, which has seen him linked with mega money moves to Man United and Chelsea, attests to Celtic’s merits as an ideal stepping stone for budding prodigies, and Edouard could be the next success story to emerge from Paradise.
That Celtic’s No22 has managed to contribute 17 assists in all competitions underlines his ability to bring his teammates into play; he is so much more than just a lethal goal scorer.
The Hoops will be hard-pressed to keep hold of him in the summer given the consistency of his form this season, but Peter Lawwell will undoubtedly be in a strong position to command a record-breaking fee for Celtic’s crown jewel.