JUBILANT Celtic boss Neil Lennon insists Odsonne Edouard has already paid off a huge slice of his £10million transfer fee.
The Hoops’ record buy from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer has scored stoppage-time goals in games against Hearts and Dundee since the Irishman returned to Parkhead on an interim capacity following the exit of Brendan Rodgers to mid-table Leicester City 20 days ago.
Those dramatic strikes have brought an extra four points to the champions in their quest for an EIGHTH successive crown.
They now have a TEN-POINT cushion while they await the visit of Steven Gerrard’s side at the end of the month.
Reflecting on the 96th-minute winner against Jim McIntyre’s relegation strugglers at Dens Park yesterday, Lennon, speaking to Celtic TV, admitted: “He didn’t play great, but he gets the important goal.
“Now that’s the responsibility he has to take on board. He’s a young player, he’s come with a huge transfer fee and he’s paid another huge chunk of that off today.
“Being Celtic’s main striker is a big responsibility and he’s learning as he goes along and he’s scored important goals already this season and he’s done it again today. It’s brilliant.”
Lennon persevered with the Frenchman who struggled to make an impact with some heavily tackling from the Tayside back four and was paid particular attention by the rugged Genseric Kusunga who was never far from his side.
The pacy Oliver Burke looked an option in the last 15 minutes or so, but the Irishman’s faith in Edouard was rewarded with his sensational winner.