NEIL LENNON has revealed his “softly-softly” approach has brought out the best in £10million man Odsonne Edouard.

The French striker, Celtic’s record signing from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, has scored three goals in six games since Lennon returned to the champions in February.

Edouard made an immediate impact on the Irishman by scoring the stoppage-time winner against Hearts at Tynecastle only 24 hours after the interim manager had taken over from Brendan Rodgers.

And the 20-year-old powerhouse made certain of three more points when he scored in the 96th minute against Dundee at Dens Park three weeks ago.

Edouard took the spotlight again last weekend when he raced from his own half onto a superb first-time pass from James Forrest to bamboozle Ibrox defender Joe Worrell before thumping a left-foot effort high beyond the stranded Allan McGregor.

Unfortunately, the gifted attacker and his team-mates fired blanks in yesterday’s goalless encounter against Livingston at Parkhead that stalled the eighth successive title celebrations.

However, Lennon, speaking in the Sunday Mail, praised the talented frontman and said: “He’s very quiet and laid-back.

THE QUIET MAN…Odsonne Edouard is a roaring success.

“He’s quite cute. He’s smart. He knows more than he lets on. I like him as a kid and his performance last weekend against Rangers was spectacular.

“What I’ve got in the building is a big-game player.

“When you first come in you want to give him a bit of a jag, but I did everything softly-softly – then you see all the good traits of his personality coming out.

“He’s just quiet. Not everyone is as straightforward as Scott Brown! You get to know the players and enjoy being with them.

“Odsonne has a good sense of humour and every now and again it prevails itself.

“I’m delighted with his contribution. He has scored some important goals.

“Last weekend was probably as good as he has played for Celtic. He did it in a pressurised environment, so he should take a lot from it.

“What I enjoyed from his performance against Rangers was something that I hadn’t seen much of before.

“He showed that his play with his back to goal was superb. He has shown me he can do that as well.

“It’s a great thing for us going forward.”


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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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