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‘EDOUARD ODSONNE TO COPE WITH FEE,’ BROWN

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CELTIC skipper Brown insists there is still room for improvement – even after winning a double treble last season.

The Hoops midfield dynamo said: “We dropped a lot of sloppy points, especially at home in front of the fans.

“We have a new pitch and there are no excuses. The pitch will be fantastic all season and we can play proper football on it.”

Brown has returned after a four-week break in Italy and Spain and is convinced Odsonne Edouard, signed for an initial £4.5million from Paris Saint-Germain, but the deal will soar to around £9million, will cope with the expectations of the price tag.

He added: “It was great to get him signed because he’s done a tremendous job for us and shown his qualities. He’s a terrific finisher and it’s great to have him here for the next few years.

“He’s a good lad, as well, and, first and foremost, that’s what you look at. You want a good person in the dressing room, not a big-time Charlie or someone who’s going to disrupt what we’re trying to do here.

“The record fee won’t bother him – there’s always a weight of expectation when you come to Celtic anyway because you need to win all the time while playing attractive football.

“Odsonne has been fantastic since he arrived on loan and he’s a very chilled-out guy who doesn’t worry about too much, so I don’t think he’ll be too concerned by what we paid for him.

“He’ll only be bothered about what he does on the park when he runs out there in front of our fans.

“He is very young at 20. That is why we signed him. He has youth, he has pace, he has got fitness levels. He is willing to learn and he is in the right place for that with a great manager and a great club that is going in the right direction.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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