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‘ARGUABLY THE BEST PLAYER IN THE LEAGUE,’ WELL BOSS PRAISES CELTIC ACE

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MAULED Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson didn’t try to hide behind excuses as his side were routed 4-0 by Celtic last night.

And the Well chief admitted two-goal Odsonne Edouard was “unplayable” as he ran amok at Fir Park.

Robinson reckons the French striker, who has claimed 24 goals this season, is probably the best player in the Premiership and admitted it had been “horrible” for some of his players as the champions upped the pace in the second-half after going in with a solitary goal advantage at the interval, courtesy of Edouard.

Leigh Griffiths snapped up the second, Callum McGregor sizzled in a memorable left-foot half-volley and then the former Paris Saint-Germain ace claimed the fourth with a breathtaking free-kick 10 minutes from the end.

Well escaped with comeback hitman Griffiths clattering the crossbar with a header while also passing up a good opportunity before Olivier Ntcham had a contender for Miss of the Season after being set up by Edouard. With the entire goal to aim at and with Mark Gillespie exposed, the midfielder wildly blazed the ball over the bar.

Speaking of the Hoops’ star performer, Robinson, speaking to the Evening Times, said: “He’s unplayable at times.

ED BHOY…Odsonne Edouard leaps for joy after firing in a memorable free-kick for the fourth goal.

“It creates gaps and they punish you. He’s an excellent player. That’s what you get for £10million.

“Edouard is arguably the best player in the league.”

Reflecting on the game, he commented: “It’s very difficult. After a very good first-half, we never took our chances. You have to take them.

“They got a ricochet for the first goal after we lost it. Second goal there was a heavy touch and with the quality they have they punished us. They were ruthless and you just had to admire some of their quality.

“What I’ll take out of it is a good performance first half. Am I happy with that? No. We deserved to be beat by four because they punished us and that’s the level.”

As well as the positive of remaining three points clear in third following Aberdeen’s home defeat to St Johnstone, Robinson was encouraged by the debut of on-loan Newcastle winger  Rolando Aarons.

The Fir Park gaffer added: “He’s not up to speed and was cramping at the start of the second-half.

“He’s definitely a player who gives more degree of certainty than I’ve got. It’s been a flip of the coin who plays up front.

“But look at the levels we’re working at and compare the subs they made to ours. We’ve got lucky with the results and we stay where we are. We’ll reset and improve the boys’ understanding as we have four winnable games coming up.”

 

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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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