Celtic boss Neil Lennon has raved about centre-forward Odsonne Edouard after his performance against AIK on Thursday night.
The Scottish champions beat the Swedish opposition 2-0 at Parkhead in the first leg of a Europa League play-off qualifier.
They are now in pole position to qualify for the Europa League group stages and just need to safely negotiate the second leg away to AIK next week.
James Forrest got on the scoresheet in the first-half, but Edouard fired in a free-kick in the second period to extend the lead.
The 21-year-old netted the long-range set-piece and has started the season in excellent form.
He’s now scored five times and supplied four assists in nine games across all competitions this campaign, with the pressure of being the first-choice striker bringing the best out of him.
Lennon was keen to single out the French attacker for his performance against AIK and believes he’s a central part of the team’s success.
“Edouard is playing brilliantly. He’s leading the line superbly and I can’t speak highly enough of his talent. He’s an integral part and important figure in this team,” Lennon said, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account.
Edouard appears to be going from strength to strength and he’s finding a real consistency to his performances.
The Celtic striker holds the ball up well and offers a great outlet in attack, but is a clinical finisher too and has a knack of popping up in crucial moments.
He managed 22 goals in 52 games across all competitions last season, but looks on course to eclipse that if he keeps up his current form.
It’s easy to forget that Edouard is still only a youngster too that doesn’t turn 22 until January next year and has plenty of maturing to do.