Odsonne Edouard 'unplayable' says Motherwell boss as Neil Lennon brands Celtic talisman 'special'
Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard was declared “unplayable” by Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson last night after a double from the Frenchman underpinned a 4-1 win for the champions.
He netted early and late to bookend the scoring - his second was his 24th goal of the campaign and came from another exquisite free-kick – and provide finesse on an evening when the third-placed Fir Park men put Celtic under pressure early on before succumbing.
Celtic scored three second-half goals, Leigh Griffiths and Callum McGregor – with a sparkling volley – the other scorers.
“Edouard is arguably the best player in the league and is unplayable at times,” said Robinson. “That creates gaps and Celtic punish you. He’s an excellent player. That’s what you get for £10 million.”
The Motherwell manager joked that the experience of facing the 22-year-old had been a “horrible one” for some of his players.
“They were ruthless and you just had to admire some of their quality,” he said.
The accolades for Edouard were understandably as generous from his own manager as Celtic claimed a sixth straight win since the winter break to retain their seven-point advantage over Rangers at the top of the Premiership.
“He’s just special,” said Neil Lennon of his striker. “When he’s in that sort of form he’s a joy to watch. It was a great finish for the first goal, his link-up was creative and it was great free-kick.
"He’s an outstanding footballer all round and so important to us.
“It was a spectacular second-half display against a very good side who caused us problems first half. Quality of play, motivation, hunger, desire, quality of goals were spectacular. Credit to the players because it was a magnificent win. It’s not often you come and win 4-0.
"Motherwell are a good side and are well coached. I can’t speak highly enough of the backroom team too. We’ve started the second half of the season brilliantly.”