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BACK PAGE BULLETIN: EDOUARD v MORELOS: SCOTS STAR GIVES VERDICT, HECK’S GOAL THREAT AIM, ALESSIO SYMPATHY, DAVIDSON VOW 

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FORMER Rangers midfielder Charlie Adam insists his old club’s Alfredo Morelos is a better striker than Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard.

The debate about the merits of the Colombian and the Frenchman has been raging in recent weeks.

Adam, 33, was asked in an Instagram Q&A which player is superior. The Scotland international, now with Reading after being released by Stoke City, replied: “Morelos.”

New Partick Thistle boss Ian McCall weighed into the discussion last week to give his vote to Morelos, who claimed 30 goals last season to Edouard’s 23, which included a double in the Scottish Cup Final against Hearts at Hampden on May 25 to seal the club’s historic treble treble.

McCall will be in the Parkhead stand tonight to get an update on the Hoops’ frontman’s current form when the Maryhill side face Neil Lennon’s men in the Betfred League Cup quarter-final.

Former Hoops forward Chris Sutton, now a media pundit, backed the Celt with ex-Parkhead ace Charlie Nicholas in agreement. Kilmarnock’s international right-back Stephen O’Donnell also gave the nod to Edouard.

The former Paris Saint-Germain prospect, the Hoops’ record signing at £10million, scored in the 2-0 win at Ibrox earlier this month  Morelos has yet to score against the champions in nine outings.

PAUL HECKINGBOTTOM, the under-fire Hibs manager, admitted he “might be part of the problem” as the club toil with one win in six Premiership games this season.

The former Barnsley and Leeds United boss, saw his team slump to second bottom of the table following their 2-1 loss to Hearts at Easter Road on Sunday.

Reflecting on the performances of his players, Heckingbottom told BBC Sport: “I spoke to them about the tiniest details of what frustrates me. It’s pleasing they understand.

“You take the lead all the time and are forever holding hands and talking and walking people through things. I might be part of the problem for not letting them take ownership or responsibility.

“It was important for me to see what they get out of that. Who is speaking up, are they speaking about the correct things? It’s now up to us to put it right.”

The Edinburgh side face Kilmarnock in the Betfred League Cup quarter-final at Rugby Park this evening.

Heckingbottom added: “We need more goal threat, you can see that.

“Our approach will be the same whether we change personnel or shape, but we will be shaking it up regardless simply because of the last three games.

“You have to get on with it. We have to fight, fight and fight. We have to make it happen and when you do that you start winning.”

ANGELO ALESSIO, the Kilmarnock boss who saw his side lose 3-1 to champions Celtic on Sunday, revealed he has sympathy for Hibs counterpart Paul Heckingbottom.

The dug-out combatants go head-to-head in Ayrshire tonight and the Italian insisted EVERY manager is under pressure to get results.

The Killie gaffer, speaking to BBC Sport, said: “Of course, I sympathise with him, but my focus is only for my team.

“I understand this situation, but every manager is under pressure for results. It always depends on every moment for the results.

“Of course, I want to beat him as it is important for us to go into the next round, the semi-final, and for this reason, I ask the team to play at 100 per cent.”

IN WITH A SHOUT…Tommy Wright is hoping to turn St Johnstone’s fortunes around.

MURRAY DAVIDSON is adamant no-one at St Johnstone is pressing any panic buttons following their dire start to the season which has seen them drop to rock-bottom in the Premiership.

The midfielder was in the team walloped 4-0 by Rangers at McDiarmid Park on Sunday and admitted it is now crucial Tommy Wright’s team get back on track.

Davidson, 31, speaking to the Dundee Courier, said: “We have gone to places like Pittodrie and Hibs and we feel we have been unlucky not to win those games.

“It is still six games in and we need to start winning matches and go on a run. We need to get that first win as soon as possible.

“We have never set targets and I have always said we need to look at it game by game because it is such a competitive league this season.

“We have some big games coming up and we need to find some consistency to get positive results.”

The Perth side’s middle-of-the-park enforcer added: “The last couple of games have been difficult.

“We felt we could have taken something against Rangers, but we never.

“We now have Motherwell this weekend and if we do what we are good at then I feel we can go on a run of form, so at this moment there is no panic.”

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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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