NEIL LENNON watched Odsonne Edouard fire in a double salvo in just over two minutes in Celtic’s comeback 2-1 victory over stubborn St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park this afternoon.

However, it wasn’t just the goalscoring qualities that pleased the Hoops manager as the Frenchman took his tally to 20 after a false start to a crucial campaign.

The champions are 18 points adrift of pacesetters Rangers and get the opportunity to claw back another three when they take on Aberdeen in Glasgow on Wednesday evening.

But Lennon is convinced his team will continue to battle all the way and has welcomed back the ‘old’ Edouard who is beginning to display the qualities that rocketed him into the £30million bracket in the summer when he was at the centre of some frenzied transfer speculation.

The visitors were stunned five minutes after the interval when Shaun Rooney rose above Callum McGregor and Greg Taylor to rocket in a header from a Callum Booth left-wing cross.

NUMBER ONE…Odsonne Edouard beats keeper Zander Clark at the near post.

NUMBER TWO…Edouard is on the spot to fire past the helpless Saints keeper.

On the hour mark, Edouard levelled with a neat flick at the neat post following a good ball from Ryan Christie and the former Paris Saint-Germain prospect got the winner when he waltzed onto a Taylor cross and tucked the ball away from the frantically scrambling Zander Clark.

Asked if the £9million 23-year-old hitman was getting back to his best, Lennon answered: “He is. Not just his goals, but his play in general, particularly in the second-half, was superb.

“He is definitely looking more and more like the player he was during last season.

“Odsonne just seems a lot more settled. I think there were a lot of things on his mind in the first half of this season.

“He has really found his form now and we’re delighted because he makes us better. That’s the sort of form he was showing this time last season.

“It augurs well for between now and the end of the season. He is in great goalscoring form, but I was pleased with his all-round performance.

“His physicality was back, his running was better and certainly his technique on the ball was very good.”


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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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