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Odsonne Edouard key to Celtic’s hopes of retaining title

The Scottish top flight title race is more exciting this season than at any point in the recent memory, with champions Celtic going up against much-improved bitter rivals Rangers in a battle for top spot.

The Hoops have had it all their own way in recent years, with the Parkhead outfit dominating the domestic game and winning just about everything available to them.

However, with Celtic’s Glasgow rivals Rangers investing in their squad and the team getting to grips with manager Steven Gerrard’s way of playing, the Light Blues are in with a chance of winning their first title since 2010-11.

With the winter break underway, the Bhoys sit top of the table with a two-point advantage over the Gers, but the reigning champions have played a game more than the Ibrox side.

Rangers showed that they want to change the running order in the Scottish game before the break, outplaying and beating Celtic 2-1 at Parkhead in an impressive performance.

Looking at it objectively, both sides are well matched and it could well be which team builds the most consistency that is crowned champions come May.

For Celtic, getting striker Odsonne Edouard fit and firing is critical to any hopes of retaining the title.

The France under-21 international is leading Rangers forward Alfredo Morelos in the scoring charts this term and has scored 13 league goals so far.

While Edouard may have one eye on representing France in the Olympics next year, as five new sports prepare to be contested in Tokyo, getting the gifted forward thinking about club honours is Neil Lennon’s task.

The former Paris Saint-Germain centre forward has proven that he can be devastating in front of goal when he is in the mood, but the striker has drifted in and out of games this season.

While Rangers have Jermain Defoe to score goals should Morelos be off the boil or unavailable, Celtic are reliant on Edouard and do not have an able deputy currently in their squad.

Celtic fans will hope that Edouard ends the season as the top flight’s leading scorer and that his goals can fire the club to another domestic title.

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