Celtic legend Davie Hay shares his theory on how to get the best out of Odsonne Edouard

17th March 2019, Dens Park, Dundee, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Dundee versus Celtic; Odsonne Edouard of Celtic inspects the pitch before the match

The Hoops striker has scored 21 goals this season but questions have been asked of the Parkhead ace's consistency.

17th March 2019, Dens Park, Dundee, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Dundee versus Celtic; Odsonne Edouard of Celtic inspects the pitch before the match

Celtic legend Davie Hay has shared his opinion of Odsonne Edouard, describing the 21-year-old as a "real talent" but admitting he has to be more consistent for the Hoops and suggesting how the club can more out of him.

The Parkhead club signed Edouard on a permanent contact from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2018 for a transfer fee reported by Sky Sports to be £9million after he spent the 2017-18 campaign on loan.

 

This season, the Frenchman has netted 21 goals and registered eight assists in 51 club games in all competitions, with an average of a goal every two games in the Scottish Premiership, according to Transfermarkt.

However, there has been some criticism regarding Edouard's consistency, with former Celtic ace Kris Commons having told Sky Sports News he "has been hot and cold. When he is good, he is really good. When he is not, he is a bit of a passenger (11:18am, 29 April 2019)".

Hay believes Edouard would benefit from having more competition up front, suggesting that a lack of other options in attack - which has been the case what with Moussa Dembele's departure and Leigh Griffiths' absence - could potentially have a subconscious effect on players.

Celtic manager David Hay (c) looks on from the bench during a match in Scotland circa 1983, Hay was manager of Celtic from 1983-87.

"When you have to fight for your place and there is someone breathing down your neck for a starting jersey, that sometimes brings out the best in you on a more regular basis, and I think we will see the best of the young Frenchman if Celtic can bring in another quality striker in the summer to keep him on his toes," the former Hoops boss wrote in the Glasgow Evening Times.

"Even with Leigh making a welcome return to the fold though, I think it is a must that a third quality striker is brought in over the summer to not only add some more pedigree in attack themselves, but to keep the other two forwards on their toes and performing at their absolute best whenever they get a chance on the pitch."

Odsonne Edouard of Celtic is congratulated after scoring from the penalty spot during the Scottish Cup semi-final between Aberdeen and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 14, 2019 in Glasgow,...

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