Every scout reporting back on Celtic for Lazio will deliver the same message, “Don’t give Odsonne Edouard an inch.” The France under-21 international has sailed through the season so far, for club and country, but this test will be the most difficult he has faced in current form.
Lazio started their Serie A campaign conceding only four goals in their opening seven fixtures; a feat that would be impressive in the Scottish Premiership, never mind against the likes of Roma and Inter. The wheels fell off the bogey in their most recent two league outings, conceding two to Bologna and three to Atalanta, with the latter game still fresh in the mind, I expect Lazio to keep it very tight at the back. Deny Celtic space in the final third and stay touch-tight to Odsonne.
The one thing we can all agree on about this Celtic team is that there is more to come from Odsonne. He is growing as a player before our eyes. What he needs most, is a stage. A Serie A defence at Celtic Park tomorrow should suit him.