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One year since breakout moment, the game has changed for Celtic's Odsonne Edouard

Celtic's Northern Irish manager Brendan Rodgers (L) speaks with Celtic's French midfielder Odsonne  Edouard (R) at the start of a training session at their Lennoxtown facility, north of...

Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard has a different type of pressure to 12 months ago.

Celtic's Northern Irish manager Brendan Rodgers (L) speaks with Celtic's French midfielder Odsonne  Edouard (R) at the start of a training session at their Lennoxtown facility, north of...

This weekend marked 12 months since Odsonne Edouard's Celtic breakthrough.

It came in a win against Motherwell where he was picked as a surprise starter, and repaid Brendan Rodgers by scoring a hat-trick.

Edouard had been Celtic's third choice striker at that point and had barely had a look in. After his hat-trick, more opportunities began to open up.

 

Celtic paid £9 million for Edouard in the summer, and he is now entrenched as their first choice striker, with Moussa Dembele since being sold.

A year on from his breakout moment, Edouard has a different type of pressure to deal with at Celtic.

Previously, Edouard was trying to prove he deserved a place in Celtic's matchday squad, and that he should be signed on a permanent basis.

Odsonne Edouard of Celtic celebrates after he scores his third goal to complete a hat-trick during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Motherwell at Celtic Park on...

He went on to score important goals for Celtic in the second half of the season, including a vital one in a 3-2 win at Rangers.

Nobody is disputing Edouard's presence at Celtic now, but he does still have to prove that he deserves to be a regular starter.

There is a different type of pressure on Edouard now due to his price tag, and he is expected to justify it every time he takes to the pitch.

His performance in the Scottish League Cup final yesterday was below par, and a sign that he needs to improve.

Edouard needs to continue to adapt to the pressure, and take his game to the next level.

Odsonne Edouard of Celtic takes on Shaleum Logan of Aberdeen during the Betfred Cup Final between Celtic and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on December 2, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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