What France thinks of Odsonne Edouard as a former Celtic hero lifts eyelids on the record striker


Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard is the golden boy in French football, but the Hoops hitman has been urged to return to the job of bringing silver to his club.Predator Parkhead is receiving rave reviews in his homeland after his Under-21 brace took his tally to 15 in 10 games and tied Florian Maurice’s record.

Neil Lennon’s talisman was even praised by the notoriously hard to please L’Equipe publication, while France Football magazine described it as a “poison” to the defenses, despite being tipped to lead the young French people at Euro 2021 and those under 23 next July. Olympic Games.

The hero of the hoops Didier Agathe is not surprised because he believes that the leader is destined to go to the highest level.

But Edward must first focus on becoming a legend at Celtic.

Agathe said: “Odsonne’s performance for France will be great news for Celtic. The players – especially the attackers – rely on confidence and he will return to Celtic full of confidence and conviction.

“It’s a huge season for the club and everyone has to be at their best. Celtic need Odsonne Edouard to perform every week as he has done in recent seasons.

“I know the players have their individual motivations, but this is their chance to make history and really leave a legacy for the club.

“We talked a lot about the departure of Odsonne last summer, but it’s good that he stayed for this campaign. It’s important for him – and the players around him – to get the job done now.

“I’m sure there will be some speculation about it at the end of the year. Many clubs will be watching him but it should be extra motivation for him to play for Celtic.

Agathe – from the French island of Reunion – does not accept the idea that the striker was out of the boil before this week.

He knows Edward has not scored in Scotland since the start of October, but he insisted it was injury and illness rather than transfer speculation that distracted the former PSG.

Agathe is adamant that no one should underestimate the effects of Covid-19 – her brother having spent weeks in hospital battling the virus.

He said: “It hasn’t been the best time for him at the club, but I think people need to cut him off a bit.

“He had an injury and then he suffered from coronavirus. I know how difficult it can be because my brother, Robert, spent a month in the hospital with the virus.

“It was scary for a while, but he’s better now and it can affect people in different ways. Just because you are an athlete doesn’t mean it will automatically happen.

“It may take a while, but Odsonne has regained his physical form and is scoring goals again. It can only be good for Celtic.

Agathe reckons it will take more than a barrel of goals for France’s Under-21s for the regular bettor to get on board with Edouard.

Like most countries, they are more concerned with their own club battles and the outside world is not mentioned much.

But the French media are well aware of the hitman Hoops and those who matter in the French hierarchy are watching Edouard closely.

The 22-year-old has been a resounding success at all youth levels since his astonishing breakthrough as top scorer at the European Under-17 Championships when France reached the final in 2015.

Edouard hit the net in the age brackets and is now knocking on the door of the senior team.

Agathe believes he may have to wait until he is transferred to one of Europe’s big five leagues, but the striker is still at youth level.

France has landed its place at less than 21 euros and it has great ambitions for the Tokyo Olympics next July.

Agathe is hopeful that Edouard will have a league winner’s medal around his neck before taking gold.

Era hero Martin O’Neill – who now trains academy kids in the north of England after a stint as Durham City boss – said: “In France most people don’t. not talk about Scottish football. Everything revolves around PSG, Marseille or Lyon and so on.

“They look at Scotland and just think it’s Celtic and Rangers, like they do with Holland and Ajax and PSV, Galatasaray and Fenerbahce in Turkey.

Didier Agathe in action against Rangers

“They might not think the standard is very good, so they might ignore it every week. They probably notice more when they perform in Champions or Europa League.

“But managers, coaches and the media all know Odsonne. He scored goals at all levels for the French youth teams. They are not surprised that he continues to perform up to the Under-21 level.

“France have a lot of good forwards for the senior team so it might be difficult for him to make the team for the Euros.

“He will however go for under 21 euros and I am sure he will be part of the squad that goes to the Olympics next year.”

“It’s a very strong group and they hope to win the gold medal.”


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