Jonny Hayes has told Celtic’s official website that striker Odsonne Edouard was “brilliant” during Sunday’s Old Firm triumph which saw the Hoops beat Rangers 2-1 at Parkhead.
Celtic’s club-record transfer, Edouard, took his goal tally for the season to 19, before adding the crucial assist for James Forrest’s winner in the 86th minute. He has had a hand in 27 goals during his 44 outings this term.
Edouard’s first came after an excellent long run that twisted Joe Worrall inside out. The Frenchman kept his cool before lifting the ball over the on-rushing Allan McGregor.
With the score at 1-1 after Ryan Kent’s equaliser, Edouard was the only player to remain composed as he controlled a pass before feeding James Forrest for the winner. Hayes applauded the £9million attacker.
“I thought Odsonne Edouard was brilliant. Some of the things he does is incredible. He has a history of doing that, like at Ibrox last year and against Aberdeen when he came on. Some of the things he does with the ball are brilliant.
“He’s scored a couple of important goals over the last couple of weeks, but that performance in the derby, with the goal and the assist, was excellent,” Hayes said.
Going into the match, plenty of debate has been made over whether Edouard or Rangers star Alfredo Morelos is better. Going on Sunday’s showing, Edouard reigns supreme.
Morelos was sent off, while Edouard refused to let the surroundings distract him. His hold-up play, speed when in possession, movement and work rate left the Rangers centre-backs befuddled throughout.
The former Paris Saint-Germain attacker seems to have got back into his flow under Neil Lennon.