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LOOK WHO’S PICKING ODSONNE EDOUARD AS HIS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

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FORMER Scotland international striker Billy Dodds reckons Celtic talisman Odsonne Edouard “has everything”.

The much-travelled hitman, who spent four years at Ibrox and had spells at Chelsea, Partick Thistle, St Johnstone, Dundee United and Aberdeen, had no hesitation in naming the 22-year-old French ace as his Player of the Year.

However, he admitted the £9million man’s main competition came from two of his Hoops’ team-mates.

Fifty-one-year-old Dodds said: “Scott Brown and Callum McGregor are candidates, but it’s Odsonne Edouard.

“There were times in the previous couple of seasons where Celtic fans were critical. He was playing off the forward , wide at times and while it was obvious he had technical ability, it could be fleeting.

“But when Rangers started putting pressure on Celtic, he decided it was time to step up.

“He is the top scorer in the Premiership by a distance, but he is not selfish. He is a team player.

TOP MAN…Odsonne Edouard celebrates another goal – this time a sublime free-kick at Motherwell.

“He has 22 league goals and players who get those sorts of numbers are often selfish. Not Edouard. He does every part of the game for the team. He holds it in, sets up team-mates and does it all with intelligence.

“Most players are missing one of those ingredients.

“If you’d asked me last year, I’d have said Alfredo Morelos is a more natural finisher – just bang, smash it in.

“Edouard was always more cultured, but he has now added those basic finishes, too.

“But when you see him beating people, twisting and turning his way past and then bending his finishes.

“Few players can do that. He has everything.”

Dodds named his Team of the Season for the Daily Mail – and there were also places for five other Hoops players, as CQN reported yesterday.

The  26 times-capped forward who scored seven goals for his country gave the nod to this line-up: Joe Lewis (Aberdeen); Jeremie Frimpong (Celtic), Declan Gallagher (Motherwell), Jon Guthrie (Livingston) and Borna Barisic (Newco); Callum McGregor and Scott Brown (both Celtic); Martin Boyle (Hibs), Ryan Christie and James Forrest; Odsonne Edouard (all Celtic).

 
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