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Friday 20 September 2019

Bhoy Edouard must have 'ice in his veins'

HITMAN: Odsonne Edouard. Photo: PA
HITMAN: Odsonne Edouard. Photo: PA

Former Celtic striker Tommy Coyne reckons Odsonne Edouard must have "ice in his veins" to handle the pressure of leading the line for the Hoops so smoothly.

The 21-year-old Frenchman has scored five goals in nine matches this season to follow his Scottish Cup double.

The club's record signing has netted four goals against Rangers and Coyne believes he is getting better and better ahead of Celtic's trip to Ibrox on Sunday.

"I think he's fantastic," said Coyne. "For someone who is so young... I went to Celtic at 27 and I felt the pressure then, but at 19-20 years of age, he must have ice in his veins.

"His hold-up play is fantastic and I think it's improving since Neil (Lennon) has come in. I think it is suiting him better, he gets more of the ball, and I think he is going to turn into a fantastic player.

"Any player in the Celtic team playing with such confidence and doing well week in, week out, is always going to go to somebody in England and Europe, it's just a matter of time.

"If the money is right for the club then he will be sold, but until that case I don't think Celtic will sell him."

Goal

Like Edouard, Coyne knows about scoring against Rangers. The former Republic of Ireland international scored the only goal in an Old Firm Scottish Cup derby in February 1990.

"For that game, I don't think you are ever forgotten, scoring in the Old Firm, especially if you win," he said.

"It definitely gives you that kind of feeling that the fans are right behind you because there is nothing better than scoring in an Old Firm game."

Coyne also scored in a 3-0 win over Rangers in the same competition the following year.

"You just go in there hoping to do the best you can, not let yourself down, not let the fans down, and just come out with a result that just makes everyone so happy," he said.

Rangers appear to have strengthened again over the summer following improvement last season but Coyne believes Steven Gerrard's men still have it all to prove.

"Celtic have been dealing with that pressure for the last eight seasons when they have had to win the title, so I don't see any more pressure on Celtic," said Coyne, who topped the Premier Division goalscoring charts with Dundee, Celtic and Motherwell.

"I think all the pressure is on Rangers really. Rangers have started well but it's about keeping it going throughout the season.

"Celtic have been over the course and distance and they know how to do it."

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