Brendan Rodgers impressed by Odsonne Edouard as Celtic beat

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Brendan Rodgers impressed by Odsonne Edouard as Celtic beat

Postby chanoudom » Sun Mar 04, 2018 12:28 am

Brendan Rodgers impressed by Odsonne Edouard as Celtic beat Morton


sb0bet Brendan Rodgers admitted Odsonne Edouard might have played himself into contention for the Old Firm derby after inspiring Celtic to a 3-0 home Scottish Cup quarter-final win over Morton.

The well-organised Ladbrokes Championship side proved to be stubborn and troublesome in the goalless first half before 20-year-old striker Edouard, on loan from Paris St-Germain, replaced Scott Sinclair at half-time to assist his fellow Frenchman Moussa Dembele in attack.

The holders upped the tempo and Dembele grabbed a double, the second from a contentious penalty, before Edouard lashed in his seventh of the season in the final minute.

Rodgers feels his overall display has put him in the frame for the clash with Rangers next Sunday, live on Sky Sports.

"I thought he was very good," said the Celtic boss. He is a young player I rate very highly. He can play in a number of positions. He has strength, power, he threatens in behind... he is quick but he can link the game as well.

"I felt as though those two occupied their back four really well because they are both quick and Odsonne really wants to really run in behind.

"He had two really good chances before he actually scored the goal so it is something that I can consider.

"I have an idea what we want to do if everyone is fit next week, but certainly for today's game he provided the spark needed and I thought he was excellent when he came on."

After scoring in last week's 2-0 win at Aberdeen, Dembele took his tally for the season to 12 and Rodgers believes he is coming to the boil ahead of the trip to Ibrox.

"He has that hunger back to score. In the second half, like the rest of the team, he was much better.

"It was a good header (for the first goal) and the link-up play was much better to get the penalty and he was probably unfortunate that the ball wouldn't sit for him in the second half a couple of times to get his hat-trick.

Celtic's penalty was awarded when Morton defender Michael Doyle was adjudged by referee John Beaton to have felled Dembele just inside the box.

Ton boss Jim Duffy claimed the infringement took place outside the box, although he conceded that the decision was probably not a game-changer at Parkhead.

He said: "When you come here you don't want to hand victory to Celtic and we didn't. But class told in the end. sb0bet
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