Celtic picked up all three points away to Aberdeen on Boxing Day, eventually winning 4-3 after a blistering second half of action at Pittodrie.
The two sides headed into the interval of the festive clash at 1-1 after Stevie May’s penalty cancelled out Scott Sinclair’s opener, but that was just a small taste of what was to come, with the game really coming alive after Odsonne Edouard was substituted on.
The Frenchman was simply superb for the final 20 minutes of the match, first heavily involved in Celtic’s second goal, sublimely finishing Celtic’s third goal and devastating the Dons defence to assist Celtic’s fourth goal.
It meant that any challenge from Derek McInnes’ side was irrelevant and that the Hoops will head into this weekend’s derby at Rangers three points ahead at the top of the Scottish Premiership table.
Edouard has struggled to find consistency in recent weeks but after a small injury looks raring to go and ready to be unleashed against Steven Gerrard’s side.
These fans were blown away by his performance and took to Twitter to share their thoughts…
Odsonne Edouard, 9 million well spent, no two ways about it????
— – (@euan_cfc) December 26, 2018
Odsonne Édouard is a terrific player. He's scored in many big games for us. His touch and awareness are first class. Anyone criticising him should remember he is only 20 and still learning. God help opposition defences if he gets better. –#Celtic #FrenchEddy
— Gerry McDonald (@gerryboy67) December 26, 2018
Odsonne Edouard has 20 direct goal contributions (14 goals, 6 assists) and his game goes beyond those two basic stats. Easily the best striker in Scotland
— SM (@SM1967_) December 26, 2018
That was a phenomenal 20 minute spell from Odsonne Edouard earlier today, the one criticism I've had about him is he very seldom takes a game by the scruff of the neck, particularly when it's most needed however today he showed exactly what he can bring to the table, sublime.
— Inside The SPFL (@AgentScotland) December 26, 2018
To the fans doubting odsonne edouard this boy is a serious talent the best I’ve seen for years get off his back what a player what a day????
— Ryan Kane (@RyanKane7) December 26, 2018
'The complete striker is a rare breed. They are difficult to define and worth their weight in goal. Their unpredictability makes them all the harder to defend against.'
Odsonne Édouard – the best striker in Scottish football pic.twitter.com/S42tOhcy91
— The Shamrock Magazine☘️ (@TheShamrock1888) December 26, 2018
Odsonne Edouard is 20 yrs old. He’s a young highly talented French kid learning his trade with Brendan. Too many people far too quick to find a negative with this kid for some strange reason. Let him develop & support him…we’ll have some player on our hands in a few yrs #Celtic
— Electronic Tims (@ETimsNet) December 26, 2018