ODSONNE EDOUARD indulged in his own Highland Fling in the east end of Glasgow yesterday during a devastating three-minute salvo in the 3-0 win over gallant Ross County.
The flamboyant Frenchman entered proceedings in the 63rd minute with the champions holding a narrow lead over the Dingwall outfit courtesy of Callum McGregor’s well-despatched penalty-kick in the first-half.
Try as they might, the Hoops could not double their advantage and that’s when Neil Lennon introduced Edouard for Leigh Griffiths, who fired a blank after scoring in his two previous comeback games against Partick Thistle and Kilmarnock.
The £9million man showed his penalty-box prowess when he diverted in a McGregor corner-kick with his first touch of the ball and he followed that up with a quickfire effort to ease the home side to three crucial points in their quest for the magical nine in a row.
Edouard has now claimed 20 for the campaign and, as he so capably demonstrated again, he will be a pivotal performer for the team at home and abroad over the next four months.
CQN‘s ace snappers were at Parkhead to capture the action. Here is the pick of the pics.
IN CHARGE…Scott Brown is on the ball as usual.
BY THE LEFT…Leigh Griffiths tries his luck.
HOLD ON…Mikey Johnston’s progress is hampered by Ross County substitute Richard Foster.
WHAM…Olivier Ntcham blasts an effort at goal.
SPOT ON…Callum McGregor opens the scoring with a perfect penalty-kick.
DELIGHT AND DESPAIR…Callum McGregor shows his joy with crestfallen Nathan Baxter looking on.
ON THE RUN…Moritz Bauer storms into attack.
UP AND AT ‘EM…Jozo Simunovic takes to the air.
WELCOME…Leigh Griffiths greets Odsonne Edouard as they swap places.
EASY DOES IT…Edouard steers in the second goal.
THREE CHEERS…Edouard prepares to shoot home to make it 3-0.
SO CLOSE…James Forrest, watched by Leigh Griffiths, piles on the pressure.
TOUCH AND GO…Nathan Baxter gets a touch to a James Forrest effort to push it wide of the post.
TEEN TIME…on comes 16-year-old Karamoko Dembele as a late substitute for Mikey Johnston.
TANTALISING…Karamoko Dembele shows his skills.