This is Thursday.
I think Lennon’s keeping him under wraps is just precautionary and that he’ll play on Sunday.
He thrives in these games.
I liked what Callum McGregor had to say today about the team not needing Odsonne Edouard in it.
I like his confidence in his team-mates and I do not believe that it is in any way misplaced.
We have the better players, we have the better manager and even without French Eddie there is enough firepower in this side to turn out their lights.
I remember some years back going into a massive game against them and finding out, almost on the eve of it, that Leigh Griffiths was out injured and was not going to play.
The desolation amongst the Celtic fans was nearly total; what happened instead was that a guy called Moussa Dembele took Leigh’s spot in the team and bagged a hat-trick.
It is true that we don’t have a Dembele type replacement for Edouard if he can’t play … but the odd thing is, Leigh himself is just sitting there, ready to come in, ready to do the honours. That may be a bigger deal than some people seem to think.
He might not be 100% fit, but Leigh Griffiths, in a cup final, against a preening Ibrox club … I’d be confident.
It goes without saying, though, that a match in which Edouard starts up front for us is one in which he will do damage.
His scoring record against them is excellent.
They are petrified of this guy; the biggest lift they got this past week was hearing he might not make it.
Their defence is reeling from the criticism coming at them over last night … they are not remotely ready for this guy and his ability on the ball.
I expect that he will play.
In spite of what he said today, I do think Lennon is playing a little game with Sevco here.
I don’t expect to hear that Eddie is fit right up until the last second … he may be in training tomorrow, and that will give us a hint, but I expect Lennon to mess with Gerrard and his team right up until near enough kick-off. Imagine the lift across our support when the team is announced.
Imagine the gloom that will settle on theirs – and their team – when they hear his name.
Callum’s message still has merit though; this is a strong Celtic squad and when you consider that Elyounoussi and others will be right in contention, you have to say that even without Eddie we will still have enough raw power to cope.
But in a week where the psychology has already played a major role, what could be better than hitting them with another hammer blow?
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