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EDOUARD: NEW SETBACK

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CELTIC have received a new hammer blow with the news Odsonne Edouard is almost certainly OUT of the crucial league encounter against Aberdeen on Sunday.

The Hoops’ talisman, last season’s top scorer with 28 goals, is likely to remain on the sidelines after missing the back-to-back defeats from Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox outfit on Saturday and AC Milan last night.

Edouard tested positive for coronavirus while on international duty with the France Under-21 squad in Paris, was forced into quarantine and only returned to Glasgow a week ago today.

Neil Lennon, speaking to BT Sport, said: “I doubt he would be available for the weekend.

“We just have to wait and see. He hasn’t done a lot, just a little bit of cardio and some jogging around to check everything’s okay.

“Nir Bitton is the same and obviously Hatem Abd Elhamed is still not back from Israel and his isolation yet.

“So, it’ll be the same squad of players for the weekend, I would imagine.”

Edouard opened the season brightly and fired in a hat-trick in the 5-1 victory over Hamilton Accies on Flag Day in the east end of Glasgow on AugustĀ 2. Since then, he has managed only two more strikes in a topsy-turvy campaign.

He has been substituted on a few occasions, squandered a penalty-kick in the hard-fought 2-1 win success over St Mirren in Paisley and asked to be left out of the 3-2 win over Livingston last month.

Lennon hasn’t written him off completely for the trip to the north east for the High Noon shoot-out with Derek McInnes’ side, but it is more likely the striker will return for the Europa League game against Lille in his homeland on Thursday.

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