Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard is hoping to thrive under the pressure of being the club’s number one striker, speaking after being awarded with the Scottish Premiership player of the month award for March.
The Frenchman has scored 19 goals this season and has emerged as the club’s number one striker after Moussa Dembele’s departure and Leigh Griffiths’ off the field problems.
There was a period at the start of 2019 when Oliver Burke was being selected ahead of him, but it’s clear he is now Neil Lennon’s main forward.
It’s something that has given the 21-year-old renewed confidence.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said:
Since I signed for the club my aim and motivation has been to become the No 1 striker. I feel I’m now recognised as that, so I have more pressure on my shoulders. I have to carry the team in terms of goalscoring.
For that reason it’s a more important season for me. Moussa Dembele has left and we have been without Leigh Griffiths, but that hasn’t affected my own position.
I’m happy with how the season has gone so far, but I always want to better myself. There are still a few games to go this season.
You could say we’ve nearly won two trophies and we want to try for the third.
It’s clear in the goals that Edouard has scored during his two seasons at Celtic Park that we have a big game player on our hands and hopefully that trait shows itself again in our final push for trophies in April and May.
We have a mammoth semi-final against Aberdeen on the horizon this weekend at Hampden, arguably our biggest barrier in the quest to win a ‘treble treble’.
Edouard is almost guaranteed to start and although he was quiet against Livingston at the weekend, would you bet against it being him who pops up with the goal that sends us into the final?
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