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Saturday 25 January 2020

Bhoys can beat Gers without Edouard

VIEW: Callum McGregor
VIEW: Callum McGregor

Callum McGregor insists Celtic have the fire power to shoot down Rangers even if Odsonne Edouard is forced to sit out Sunday's Betfred Cup final.

The £9million Frenchman is an injury doubt for the Hampden clash with boss Neil Lennon admitting he still does not know if the 21-year-old will be fit enough to take on Steven Gerrard's side.

But McGregor - whose team are looking to kick off their bid for an incredible quadruple treble this weekend - is not panicking about being without the 14-goal frontman after watching winger Lewis Morgan and Leigh Griffiths deputise for Edouard up front recent weeks.

The Scotland midfielder said: "We've got a great squad and that has probably been demonstrated over the last three or four games without Odsonne.

"He is such a big player for us at home and in Europe but Lewis has stepped up and scored the goal against Rennes.

"We've got loads of strength and depth in the squad and whoever is asked to play up front on Sunday, I'm sure they'll do a job for the team.

"You can tell Lewis is an intelligent footballer. Normally these guys with the brains to play anywhere on the pitch.

"It was great for him to come in, get his start and his goal last week and you can see he's full of confidence and got his assist last night with his wee flash across the box.

"He's been great since he came in and it's another boost for the team to show that when boys come in they are ready to play."

Griffiths is still to rediscover full sharpness after a prolonged spell out battling injury and personal problems.

But McGregor would have no doubts about plunging him into action against their bitter rivals.

He said: "Leigh will be definitely champing at the bit too. Obviously with all the big games you are desperate play. Even last night was another step forward for Leigh, he looked a bit sharper again when he came on and helped us to get the winning goal.

"He'll be desperate to play, as will everyone in the squad. It's just important that we get as many players right at it leading into the weekend.

"Leigh has missed a lot of football so the more he can get on the pitch it will be beneficial for him and for the squad too."

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