CELTIC great Chris Sutton insists his old team-mate Neil Lennon MUST strengthen his firing squad when the transfer window reopens in January.
And the media pundit reckons the Hoops boss will have to be wary of relying too much on 21-year-old Odsonne Edouard and should pay attention to what is happening at Ibrox.
Steven Gerrard has the luxury of choosing between Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe as he sets about attempting to derail his great rivals’ bid for nine successive championships.
Sutton, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “There’s always a lot of debate in Glasgow about Edouard versus Morelos and I think both will command top money eventually, but the Celtic striker is more marketable for me, with a much stronger all-round game.
“Edouard scores goals, but is also instrumental in the scoring being spread around the side.
“His importance right now cannot be underestimated.
“Celtic just need to look across the city and see the importance of two strikers who can both be relied on to plunder goals.
IN THE GREEN CORNER…Odsonne Edouard.
IN THE BLUE CORNER…Jermain Defoe.
“I don’t think Alfredo Morelos is out of the woods just yet in terms of his discipline, but it does look like he’s got the message and cleaned up his act.
“Jermain Defoe has been a proven goalscorer throughout his career, so it’s no surprise to see him doing the same for Rangers.
“It’s a nice situation for Steven Gerrard to be in. He can alternate his strikers and still be confident his side will score goals.
“Celtic are a different matter. Neil Lennon cannot afford to rest Edouard.
“There was excitement about the return of Leigh Griffiths earlier in the season, but it might have been unrealistic to expect him to maintain it.
“There was a bounce, but it’s going to take him time to get fully back to where he was a couple of seasons ago. Some setbacks might be expected and we just don’t know where he will be in the process come January.
“It’s a tricky one with Vakoun Issouf Bayo, as well. He looks like the kind of player who could score a goal of the season contender one minute and then produce a miss of the season the next.
“He’s still very raw and very much a work in progress. There’s no way he’s at the stage where Lennon can hang his hat on him in a big game.
“Edouard is the man for the massive occasion – while Rangers can take their pick from two in any circumstances.”
Lennon only has to reflect on last weekend when the champions lost their unbeaten domestic record in the 2-0 loss to Livingston where Edouard received little support and Livi’s Premiership debut keeper Matija Sarkic was rarely troubled.
Later in the day, Gerrard’s side thumped hapless Hamilton Accies 5-0 at Ibrox where Defoe, on loan from Bournemouth until the end of the season, claimed his second hat-trick of the campaign to clock up his 12th goal in 14 games.