CELTIC frotnman is “the best striker in Scotland,” according to former Rangers and Scotland international Kris Boyd.
The two-time Kilmarnock star believes the Hoops forward better than his old club’s Alfredo Morelos.
But he insists the burden of carrying the champions’ main attacking threat will prove to be too much for the French ace who hit the highlights recently with a hat-trick for his nation’s Under-21 side taking his tally to nine in four outings at that level.
Boyd, who quit playing in the summer to pursue a career in the media, told the Scottish Sun: “Celtic are recklessly pinning their hopes of nine in a row on one man until January.
“Relying on Odsonne Edouard for more than two months before they can go into the transfer market is madness.
“From the moment the window opens on January 1, new head of recruitment Nicky Hammond will have to present Neil Lennon with quality goalscoring options.
“Hammond’s success or not with that could prove decisive for Celtic and Rangers come May.
“Edouard is top class, there is absolutely no question of that. But he’s a young lad and it’s too much for him to handle alone.
“Celtic are fine from defence into midfield and out wide. But there’s a saying about only being as good as your strikers for good reason.
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“The outstanding Frenchman is the best striker in Scotland.
“But I can’t believe he is the only option up front for Lennon because I’m just not having Vakoun Bayo. They’ve tried him and it’s not worked. He just isn’t up to it.
“As for Leigh Griffiths? I don’t know what’s going on there.
“I wish him the best, but I’m concerned if we’re ever going to see him consistently at his best again. I can’t help but consider his Parkhead days are numbered.
“He’d already been out for six months and I thought his start to the season with Celtic was the sign of things to come.
“For sure, Scotland manager Steve Clarke badly hoped for that, too. But now Griffiths is sidelined again, with no sign of a return.
“So, it’s Edouard and nobody else for Celtic and if he was to pick up an injury I reckon they will be in deep trouble.
“He was poor when Celtic lost at Livingston and off the boil when they slipped up at Hibs. Were those results a coincidence? I don’t think so.”
Boyd continued: “His stats are dazzling. He’s 21, he’s scored 43 Celtic goals, nine of them in Europe and five against Rangers, two of them in the Cup Final.
“Edouard is a classic big-game goalscorer.
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“And the time is coming soon when he will join Kieran Tierney, Moussa Dembele and Virgil van Dijk in getting a huge move away from Glasgow.”
The 36-year-old former international forward added: “Regardless, Celtic won’t sell him in January. They simply can’t afford to. They brought in plenty of bodies during the summer, but I believe they’ve been rank complacent in not properly strengthening their front options, considering all the money they’ve got and how far ahead they’ve been of Rangers for long enough.
Yet here they are now, two points behind Steven Gerrard’s rejuvenated team and desperately hoping Edouard stays fit.
“It’s why they virtually play him in every game. He has no competition.”
Edouard, fresh from his hatr-trick in Slovakia, is poised to lead the Celtic frontline against Ross County at Parkhead this afternoon as he seeks to go into double figures for the Hoops in this campaign.
He has netted the same total for his club as his country and Neil Lennon will need his firepower against the Highlanders if the champions are to go back to the Premiership with Rangers playing Hearts at Tynecastle tomorrow.