Lennon lauds 'big-game player' Odsonne Edouard

Lennon lauds 'big-game player' Odsonne Edouard

A half-time change of boots was instrumental in Odsonne Edouard stepping up to the plate to fire Celtic ahead in their first qualifying round tie against FK Sarajevo last night.

Manager Neil Lennon admitted that the striker struggled in first half due to the conditions at a rain soaked Asim Ferhatovic Hase stadium, but a half time change of boots helped to improve not only his footing but his game also, which included a 51st minute strike to make it 2-1 on the night - before Celtic won the tie 3-1.

Lennon said: "Odsonne had to change his boots at half-time because the pitch was very heavy. He was slipping a little bit but looked a lot more assured in the second half.

"Odsonne is a big-game player. You don't have to whip him too much to get a response from him. His finish showed great composure. Mikey scored a great goal, it was great hit. Again, he did some special things in the game, so he can be delighted.

"It was a really important goal at that stage of the game. It settled us and we had control after that."

Celtic are now heavy favourites to go through to the second round of qualifiers, with the winners of the first round taking on either Estonian side Nomme Kalju or Shkendija of North Macedonia.

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Early Sarajevo goal kick started Celtic into action

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