JOHN HUGHES, Celtic’s seventh-highest scorer with 189 goals, has urged Neil Lennon to add to Celtic’s firepower.
The Hoops legend was disappointed with the 2-1 loss to Steven Gerrard’s side at Parkhead on Sunday and admitted he felt sorry for Odsonne Edouard.
The French striker was credited with the champions’ goal when he inadvertently deflected a shot from Callum McGregor beyond keeper Allan McGregor for the equaliser.
However, the home side had no reply 11 minutes after the turnaround when Nikola Katic had a free header from a left-wing corner-kick to thump an effort beyond the helpless Fraser Forster.
The personality, known affectionately as Big Yogi in his goal-laden playing days, told CQN in an exclusive interview: “Odsonne was surrounded by at least four Rangers players whenever the ball went anywhere near him.
“You could see him trying to turn and escape their shackles, but it basically was an impossible task.
“In fact, I think the only time he got free was when he diverted in the goal. You have got to give your main man support in games like these.
THE LONE BHOY…Odsonne Edouard urgently requires support.
“He will be seen as the key man and the opposition will try to suffocate him. If the big fella got away from one challenge, there was another awaiting him.
“To be fair, he kept at it. Some players can let frustration get the better of them, but he looks as though he has been blessed with a good temperament. He kept plugging away, taking up the correct positions, but he lacked support.
“Clearly, this is a position where my old club needs to strengthen in this transfer window.
“At the moment, I’m afraid it doesn’t look like either Leigh Griffiths or Vakoun Issouf Bayo will provide the answer. And I say that as a fan of the Scotland international, but he has been a shadow of his old self since his well-publicised personal issues.
“The only option is to spend decent cash and get in someone who can do the job. Celtic have a worldwide scouting system, so, surely, someone has been identified who will provide Odsonne with back-up.
“As a Celtic fan, as well as ex-player, I’m hoping Neil Lennon will find the solution within the next four weeks.”
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