MICHEAL STEWART has tried to lend some insight into what has been an over publicised ‘dip in form’ for Odsonne Edouard.
The Frenchman hasn’t been at his best but the media have got a hold of this and really ran with it. We have the ‘not interested’ brigade, the ‘he wants out’ pundits and some advocating he be dropped.
It’s like the last three years haven’t happened!
No, Eddy hasn’t been at his best this season but you can’t point to many in that Celtic dressing room and say they have been playing anywhere near their peak.
Eddy gets the limelight in the media because if you go for Celtic’s top player, it’s a good for clicks – it’s as simple as that.
Michael Stewart believes the dip could be down to a number of things but at least the pundit is willing to explore the reasons why in a bit more depth.
The former Hearts and Hibs midfielders believe the lack of supporters inside the stadiums to get Edouard fired is up is taking its toll.
“Physically I thought he looked weak, which is something you would never normally level at him.” he told SunSport.
“I certainly can’t ever remember him losing the ball as often as he did against the Latvian side.
“And throw in the fact there are no fans and I genuinely think he’s struggling to get himself going.
“They feed off it, they enjoy it, it helps them rise to the occasion no matter who they are playing.
“Edouard and Celtic don’t have that — and won’t have it for some time — and things feel flat, to say the least.
“And so Lennon has a decision to make. Does he keep faith in Edouard and keep him in the side?”
While Celtic players haven’t been at their best, they have only dropped two points so far this season and are on course to go top of the table if they can get their game in hand played and won.
Right now, it’s a hard period for footballers who really thrive off the energy inside stadiums. Celtic must find a way.