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Celtic Must Focus On Building A Team Around Edouard

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Striker Odsonne Edouard spent last season on loan with Celtic, scoring 11 goals and providing four assists in 29 appearances as the Bhoys went on to complete their famous double treble of domestic competitions.

Clearly Celtic need a main forward as Brendan can’t keep switching between him and Griffiths as it damages the squad, we must focus on a solid one player and build the team around him as Rodgers Will not play with two.

The young Frenchman clearly impressed Brendan Rodgers too, as the Celtic boss made Edouard’s move from Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain permanent in this summer’s transfer window for a club-record fee of £9m.

Towards the end of the window, his signing took on even more significance as his compatriot Moussa Dembele left Parkhead for Lyon having scored 51 goals in 94 games during his three seasons with the Hoops.

This left Celtic with Leigh Griffiths, Edouard and youngster Michael Johnston as options upfront, but it is Edouard who Rodgers must now build his team around.

This season, the 20-year-old has often been shunted out to the left wing, but he should now be considered the main striker at the club having already netted eight goals in 18 games so far in this campaign.

Edouard is the perfect man to replace Dembele as Celtic’s talisman. He has the pace and power needed to stretch defences and his impressive numbers prove that he is a natural finisher. At an international level, the former PSG man has five goals in 13 games for the French U19 side and was a key member of the successful European U17 Championship team in 2015, when he won the Golden Player and top goalscorer awards after netting a hat-trick in the final against Germany.

If Rodgers wants to repeat the success of his previous two seasons, he must commit with playing Edouard up front and play with a squad who can produce the chances that Edouard needs regularly.

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