Pundit View: Scott McDonald’s Odsonne Edouard comparison is well wide of the mark

Former Celtic striker Scott McDonald has compared a current Hoops star, Odsonne Edouard, to his former teammate and cult hero Georgios Samaras, as reported by The Scottish Sun.

What’s he said?

McDonald knows a thing or two about what it takes to be a successful striker at Celtic Park, netting 59 goals in a three year spell at the club, so it’s worth considering what he’s saying about the current crop of stars bringing success to the Hoops.

This week he’s been analysing Edouard and his impact on Celtic performances, believing that at times he can be an infuriating performer, just like his old strike partner Samaras.

As quoted by The Scottish Sun, the 35-year-old said:

When you see where Edouard is now and how many years he has to go it’s exciting. You can see where he could go and it could be another Dembele case with him for Celtic and that’s what they’d want. But when I think of his style I immediately think ‘Samaras’.

Georgios is a prime example of that laid-back player. I played with him for two seasons at Celtic and that was just Sammy. He’d be infuriating one minute and the next be turning up and delivering in the big games. He did that more often than not, especially those European nights when I wasn’t at the club.

When he was playing as a solo striker he had everything but you always knew there was more there to give. It just never came out enough of the time and that is the frustration with Edouard, you can see that.

Is he right?

Edouard’s cool and calm demeanour does have certain similarities to Samaras, but when it comes to contribution to Celtic performances the Frenchman is far beyond the popular Greek.

Apart from a brief European campaign, Samaras was never Celtic’s talisman for an extended period. The frustrations regarding Edouard’s game have been overstated by McDonald and frankly his impact is being underrated.

The 21-year-old is already having a Dembele-style influence on Celtic success, it’s not something that’s to come, it’s already happening.

He’s taken the responsibility of being the Hoops’ number one striker on his shoulders and delivered when the side have needed him. His 21 goal total is an excellent return considering the matches they’ve come in.

Being the main man at Celtic Park is a difficult task, especially with no competition, but Edouard has delivered big this season and repaid every penny of his big money transfer last summer.

You can’t ask for much more than that.