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EX-GER HAILS CELTIC STAR: ‘POTENTIALLY BETTER THAN DEMBELE’

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ODSONNE EDOUARD can be better than his former Celtic team-mate Moussa Dembele – that’s the verdict of former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson.

The 21-year-old Hoops star hit the headlines again this week with a sparkling hat-trick for the France Under-21 side in a dramatic 5-3 Euro qualifying victory in Slovakia.

That hoisted his goal haul for his country’s youngsters to nine in four games – the same amount he has claimed for the Hoops this season.

Dembele, of course, quit the champions in a £19.8million switch to Lyon in August 2018, the club’s biggest fee until it was smashed with Kieran Tierney’s £25million exit for Arsenal in the summer.

Ferguson has hailed the form of Edouard who cost Celtic a record £9million when he arrived from Paris Saint-Germain in a permanent move last summer following an initial season-long loan.

The Ibrox hero, speaking to PLZ Soccer, said: “Yeah, he’s a player that could be potentially better than Dembele. I have said that a number of times.

“I’ve always been impressed. When he is on his game, I think he is unstoppable at times.

“He obviously continues it when he goes away with the French Under-21 squad and if he keeps producing performances like that he will be in the first-team squad.”

Edouard will go back into the spotlight when Ross County play the Hoops at Parkhead on Saturday as the Premiership resumes following the international break.

 

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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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