ODSONNE EDOUARD netted his eighth Premiership goal of the season in the 2-0 win over Hamilton Accies at Parkhead last night.

The French striker showed a glimpse of the stunning form that catapulted him into the £30million bracket during the frenzied transfer speculation in the summer.

However, Edouard’s striking prowess has slumped inexplicably since he opened the league campaign with a splendid hat-trick in the 5-1 romp over unfortunate Accies who were on the receiving end again in the champions’ first win at the fifth attempt in 2021.

Strike partner Leigh Griffiths, who had rifled in a long-range opener in the first-half, set up the 23-year-old attacker with a neat pass and he rounded a defender before firing high into the exposed net.

Now manager Neil Lennon will demand more from his firing squad as the Hoops face up to the second period of a disappointing campaign that sees them trailing 23 points off the pace at the top of the league with their bid for a historic 10 in a row fading with each passing game although they have three matches in hand.

Reflecting on the triumph over Brian Rice’s outfit, the Irishman, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “I liked the way we played and the energy and style of play.

“I was disappointed we didn’t win by more, but it’s just a very small disappointment. The attitude and enthusiasm of the players was excellent.

“We are always going to demand of the players. I don’t want them to be wasteful in front of goal, especially having such good build-up. A lot of unselfish running off the ball and good play. That’s far more the level of performance we are looking for.

“It’s been a difficult few weeks for whatever reason, but I thought the performance at Livi in real difficult conditions on a real difficult pitch was good. We should have had more out of the game.

“Here we have played excellently and I wished we had won the game by more because we would have deserved that.”



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