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‘THEY WERE ANGRY,’ EDOUARD HITS BACK AT CRITICISM

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ODSONNE EDOUARD has hit back at criticism that he did not give his all for Celtic last season.

The French striker had been persistently linked with moves to the Premier League, but the Hoops hierarchy were determined to keep their main men in their quest for a historic tenth successive title.

Remarkably, Edouard kicked off the league campaign with a hat-trick in the 5-1 win over Hamilton Accies at Parkhead on August 2 and did not score another goal from open play until December 30.

OH NO…Odsonne Edouard can’t bear to look as he misses a sitter in Celtic’s 1-0 loss to Rangers at Ibrox in August.

The 23-year-old frontman, who cost a club record £9million from Paris Saint-Germain in June 2018, claimed three penalties before he netted again without the aid of a spot-kick in the 3-0 victory over Dundee United just before the turn of the year.

Following the Champions League qualifying exit to unseeded Ferencvaros, Neil Lennon fumed: “There are some players who may want to leave and have made inroads into that in the last six months or so.

“If they are making waves to leave the club they are obviously not committed. I have just put this out there because it has been bugging me for a long, long time. If they don’t want to be here we have to do something.”

The former Hoops gaffer, who departed his post in February, didn’t mention any names, but his words fuelled wild speculation among supporters.

Edouard came into focus with some underwhelming performances, but the flamboyant frontman, speaking to talkSPORT, replied: “No, this is not true.

LONDON CALLING…Odsonne Edouard in action with Crystal Palace after his deadline day switch.

“I think the fans said this because all the team played bad last season.

“We didn’t win the title, so they were angry.

“Personally, I always give 100 per cent for the team and 100 per cent on the field.”

With a year still to run on his contract, Edouard was sold to Crystal Palace in the summer and has collected three goals in seven appearances for the London side.

Asked if moving to the Premier League was a step up, the former French Under-21 international answered: “Yeah, it was a great opportunity for me.

“I think it was a good moment for me to change and start a new chapter of my life and I took it.”

Edouard was one of four big-name Celts to quit the club in the pre-season along with Kristoffer Ajer, Ryan Christie and Olivier Ntcham who are now with Brentford, Bournemouth and Swansea respectively.

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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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