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EDOUARD BOOST FOR HOOPS

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CELTIC’S £9million man Odsonne Edouard is poised to hand Brendan Rodgers a massive boost by returning to the frontline.

The French striker is ready to play his part in the crucial encounters against FK Suduva in the Europa League play-off tomorrow night and the visit of Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox outfit on Sunday.

Edouard has been sidelined for over a fortnight with a hamstring injury, but trained at Lennoxtown yesterday ahead of the confrontation with the Lithuanian champions, with the tie balanced at 1-1 after last week’s first leg.

The former Paris Saint-Germain attacker scored the Hoops’ opening goal of the campaign when he rifled in the breakthrough effort in the 3-0 win over Alashkert in Armenia last month.

He also netted two in the 3-1 victory over Rosenborg at Parkhead a fortnight later as the team headed for the ill-fated tussles with AEK Athens.

Edouard will be part of the squad for tomorrow night’s game although Rodgers may prefer to start him from the bench to make certain he is 100 per cent fit for the Glasgow derby.

The 20-year-old frontman netted the winner in the 3-2 success at Ibrox in March and he rattled in two in the runaway 5-0 triumph over the hapless Govan line-up in the title clincher in the east end of Glasgow in May.

 
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