ON-FIRE Odsonne Edouard has warned RB Leipzig to expect a very different Celtic team during the Europa League Group B collision at Parkhead on Thursday night.

Brendan Rodgers’ men, who lost 2-0 to the same opponents in the RB Arena last month, go into the encounter knowing that three points are a must if they have a chance of getting through the section that is being led by RB Salzburg after three successive victories.

The Hoops are three points adrift of the Bundesliga outfit, but have returned to sizzling goalscoring form since the loss in Germany by hitting 13 goals without reply in three domestic games – eight in two matches against Hearts and five versus Dundee.

Edouard, who claimed a double in the 5-0 walloping of Craig Levein’s side in Glasgow on Saturday, has now hit 11 in the campaign and will be the champions’ main threat again in the European crunch confrontation.

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT…Odsonne Edouard sweeps in his second goal in the 4-2 win over Hibs.

The 20-year-old £9million attacker said: “I think it will be a totally different game to the match in Germany. It is a home match for us, so it is going to be totally different.

“We want to win every match, so that will be the same on Thursday evening. We know that this is a really important game for us and we want to go into it with the best approach and the best mindset.

“There is a good dynamic about the team at the moment and we are in good form. We are always working harder to get better and trying to improve our standards to get the wins.”

The former Paris Saint-Germain prospect added: “I think we have shown over the past seven years that we are the best team and we want to keep that up for as long as we can.

“I feel good physically right now. The same goes for the whole team, too. I just try to do as well as I can in each match to help the team win.”


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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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