Lennon gives Edouard fitness update before League Cup final

Neil Lennon has given an update on Odsonne Edouard’s fitness ahead of Celtic’s League Cup final against Rangers at Hampden Park.

The fitness of Odsonne Edouard has been a huge concern for Celtic heading into the Scottish League Cup final vs Rangers. The Frenchman has scored 13 goals and assisted a further 12 in just 25 appearances this season, thus being directly involved in a goal every game he plays. But he has missed the Hoops’ last three games and has been a major doubt for Sunday’s big game.

What has been the biggest concern is how thin the squad is in terms firepower upfront in the absence of the French forward. Leigh Griffiths has struggled with form and fitness this season and has not played a full game in an eternity. Vakoun Issouf Bayo is out nursing his own injury at the moment. As a result, Neil Lennon has been forced to deploy Lewis Morgan at striker for the last three games.

Morgan has not done a terrible job at striker, notching up a goal and an assist in his three appearances in the position. But the fact is that he is a natural left-winger and not even a starter there for the club. As a result, going into a final against Rangers with Morgan up front is a very risky move.

Thankfully, Neil Lennon has provided a positive update on Edouard heading into the final. In his pre-match press conference, as reported by the Daily Record the Celtic boss said:

“He has been out on the grass for the majority of the week doing movements and cardiovascular stuff.

“But he trained, did the full session today and looks like he’s come through it no problem.

“I’m always encouraged to see a player of that calibre on the training ground and there’s no question we’re a better team when he’s fit and available.

“Of course it’s his call. That’s the same with every player coming back from injury and I think there’s a very good chance he will start.

That is a huge boost for the club as they look to win a fourth straight Scottish League Cup. On the other hand, a major blow to Steven Gerrard’s side who surely would have preferred to miss the game. Especially when they are aiming to win their first piece of major silverware since 2011.