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EDOUARD IN EURO RACE

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CROCKED Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard is facing a Euro sweat ahead of the Europa League trip to Austria to face RB Salzburg on Thursday.

The £9million French ace was flattened by a high challenge by defender Scott McKenna in the champions’ 1-0 win over Aberdeen at Parkhead yesterday.

Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers branded the tackle as “reckless” after his player had limped off in the 43rd minute to be replaced by eventual matchwinner Scott Sinclair.

Rodgers said: “It’s a dead leg, so it normally takes a few days to work its way back again. I think after a couple of days he should be fine.

“My own feeling? I did not think it was a penalty, 
but I thought it was a free-kick.

“If you’re talking about reckless challenges then when Scott jumps as high as he did and takes his opponent as high as he does, then the very minimum is a free-kick.”

Rodgers saluted his team’s performance and added: “It was a very good win off the back of a tough game against St Johnstone in Perth in midweek.
 Aberdeen is an 
opponent that’s
 very hard to 
play against.

PROBLEM BHOY…Odsonne Edouard faces Euro race to be fit in time for Salzburg, Pic: Geo.

“And we showed another side of us. That’s seven clean sheets now in our last eight games.

“Okay, we’ve played a couple of years where it has been all-singing, all-dancing – lots of chances, goals and records.

“But at times in
football you also have to show a resilience and bit of spirit.

“So, until we get back – and I believe that our movement and our
creativity is on the way back to where we want it to be – you’ve still got to win games.

“You’ve got to find a way to win. That game, earlier in the season, could have been 0-0. But we kept pushing.”

If Edouard fails to make the game in Salzburg, Rodgers could keep faith with Sinclair who showed a renewed zest and vigour when he came on against the Dons.

Remarkably, his cheeky back-heel points-clincher was his first goal at Parkhead in NINE months!

The 29-year-old English attacker said: “You could see by my celebration, it means a lot. I think when you haven’t scored here for what seems forever, then add the emotion and the anger built up not playing, being in and out.

“At the same time, it’s relief. Getting that goal feeling back means a lot. Hopefully, I can now build on it going into the next game and go on from there.”

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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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