BRENDAN RODGERS hailed matchwinner Odsonne Edouard after his magnificent strike in the 3-2 victory at Ibrox.

The French youngster was introduced as 67th minute substitute with the Hoops down to 10 men following Jozo Simunovic’s red card just before the hour mark.

With the score tied at 2-2, Edouard, on loan from Paris Saint-Germain until the end of the season, curled in the crucial third goal to send the champions nine points ahead at the top of the Premiership with a game in hand.

Rodgers said: “Edouard is one of the best young players I’ve worked with. He has everything, a good touch, speed, movement and work ethic.

“He has a natural inbuilt brain for football. I see it every day in training.

“He showed great composure to go on the inside and finish like that. It really endears himself to the supporters to score a goal like that.

“I’m delighted for him and I’m delighted for the team. There was a lot of talk before the game, but the guys kept their humility and came from behind twice to come up with a brilliant win.

“When you lose a man you can put on more defenders and then see what happens.

“However, I always feel in that moment you put on an extra attacker and reshuffle the balance in your team.

“The other team will look to force more players forward into the game. I think you could see Rangers (sic) ran out of ideas a little bit and the two full-backs were gone.

“When you put your two strikers on, that makes it two-versus-two on half a pitch and I’d always fancy Odsonne and Moussa Dembele in that situation against most centre-halves.

“They worked it brilliantly. I can go defensive, but my intent is to attack, and eight times out of 10 you’ll hopefully succeed that way.”

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