Neil Lennon was delighted by the contribution of Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard on Sunday despite admitting that the Frenchman did not play well in the 1-0 win over Dundee.
The record Hoops signing smashed in a very late winner at Dens Park on Sunday after combining well with James Forrest, sending Celtic ten points clear of Rangers at the top of the Scottish Premiership table.
It was a fantastic three points and after the game Lennon talked up Edouard’s credentials as being the club’s main striker.
As quoted by Celtic TV, the Hoops boss said:
He didn’t play great but he gets the important goal.
Now that’s the responsibility he has to take on board. He’s a young player, he’s come with a big transfer fee and he’s paid another huge chunk of that off today.
Being Celtic’s main striker is a big responsibility and he’s learning as he goes along and he’s scored important goals already this season and he’s done it again today. It’s brilliant.
Edouard now has 18 goals for the season, also creating seven assists, which isn’t a bad return for a player who has missed a portion of the season through injury.
He’ll likely take his tally beyond 20, giving him a great platform to achieve even more in the Hoops next season as he matures and improves further as a player.
He needs to play every minute of every game right now as he learns to take on the responsibility and pressure of scoring consistently for the club.
As shown yesterday at Dens Park, he’s one of the players capable of real magic in this squad.