Former Rangers and Scotland fullback, Alan Hutton, has held his hands up when it comes to his opinion on Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard after watching the 21-year-old cause his side problems in last weekend’s Scottish League Cup Final.
Although the Frenchman only appeared for the final 30 minutes of the game given his recent injury issues, we all know it was a game where we had to dig in, especially at ten men, but we held on to lift the first trophy of the year.
Speaking this week, Hutton covered his back and admitted that he already thought he was a good player viewing from a distance, but having now seen his work rate and effort first hand and up close, he was blown away with the youngsters potential and he felt he was the game changer for manager Neil Lennon on the day given his instant impact on the match.
“To be honest I’ve watched from him from a distance and thought he was a very good player. I hadn’t really seen him at any of the games and that was the first time and he changed the game massively. When Edouard came on in the second half, some of his touches were unbelievable, instantly made an impact. He was a nuisance to the two centre-halves, held the ball up well, played his teammates in. He was a massive difference and I think if Celtic didn’t go a man down, he definitely would have been the turning point.”
High praise indeed given Hutton’s background in the game, but I imagine most Celtic fans will be wondering why it took him so long to catch up with what everyone else knew.
Do You Credit Hutton For His Acknowledgement?