Former Celtic player Simon Donnelly believes striker Odsonne Edouard could be better than compatriot and former teammate Moussa Dembele one day, as reported by The Daily Record.
Dembele left Celtic last summer for a reported fee of £20m and has gone on to score 16 goals for the French club this season, including five goals in his last three league appearances.
He’s making quite the name for himself, but one pundit has predicted that one day Edouard could one day overtake him in terms of ability and impact at Celtic.
As quoted by The Daily Record, Simon Donnelly said:
Edouard has the potential. He is 21 years of age and he’s only going to get better.
We spoke about Dembele before he left and he’s found his form at Lyon. Somebody said to me that he thought Odsonne would be better than Dembele after he scored his three goals in two games against Rangers at the turn of last year.
Looking at it now, there’s no reason why that can’t be the case. He’s got power, he’s got pace and he’s got that little bit about him to score important goals.
Edouard has had injuries this season and missed games, but he’s popped up with some massive goals. Being better than Dembele is quite a challenge, but you cannot knock the importance of the goals he’s scoring.
Edouard has scored two last minute winners in recent weeks under new manager Neil Lennon as the team look to get over the line in the league and win an eight title in a row.
The first came at Tynecastle against Hearts and the latest was away to Dundee on Sunday.
Having now scored 18 goals for the season, also assisting seven times, he’s well on his way to breaking the 20-goal barrier, which isn’t a bad return at all considering he’s been in and out of the team with injuries this season.
The key now will be ensuring he gets a consistent run of starting matches and given the responsibility of being the team’s main striker.
That’s how Dembele improved at Celtic and that’s the path Edouard must take too.