Neil Lennon has sent a warning to the Celtic fans heading into Sunday’s League Cup final showdown against Steven Gerrard’s Rangers.
The first trophy of the Scottish season will be decided next Sunday when fierce Glasgow rivals, Celtic and Rangers, take on each other in the final of the League Cup at Hampden Park. Both the teams have started the season in brilliant form, each sitting on 34 points from the first 13 Premiership games.
Earlier in the season, it had appeared that it would be another cakewalk to the title for Neil Lennon’s side after having destroyed Rangers 2-0 away at Ibrox. But Steven Gerrard’s have been almost faultless since then and have not lost domestically again. As a result, the final is expected to be a tough contest between two of Scotland’s best sides without a shadow of a doubt.
But Celtic could be headed into the game with a huge disadvantage as Odsonne Edouard might not even be fit for the big game. The Frenchman’s ability to impact a big game needs no introduction, having already scored 5 goals and assisted a further 2 in just 7 appearances against Rangers.
Edouard has missed the last two games, forcing Lennon to deploy Lewis Morgan at striker and exposing the club’s lack off options up front at the moment. The Frenchman had returned to training yesterday, causing a buzz among the Celtic faithful. But Lennon has advised the fans to not get too excited about Edouard’s prospects of playing on Sunday.
Speaking with Celtic TV, the manager said:
“We still don’t know if Edouard will be OK for Sunday. We have to be careful with that one.
“The season doesn’t stop on Sunday, win or lose, and we’ve got to be mindful of that.”
If Celtic do indeed miss Edouard in the final, it will be a huge blow without doubt. Although the club have coped quite well in the two games that Morgan has played at striker, the 23-year-old could be out of his depth against an opposition with the quality of Rangers.