Odsonne Edouard: Celtic striker doubt for League Cup final - Neil Lennon

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Striker Odsonne Edouard is a doubt for next weekend's Scottish League Cup final, says Celtic boss Neil Lennon.

Edouard, 21, missed Sunday's Scottish Premiership win over Ross County, having been absent for Thursday's Europa League win over Rennes with what Lennon called "a niggle".

Celtic will face Rangers in the final at Hampden on Sunday, 8 December.

When asked if Edouard will be back for the clash, Lennon told BBC Scotland: "I can't pinpoint when he'll be back."

He added: "We have to soldier on without him at the minute and we'll see how he is as the week goes on. We're taking it day by day."

Speaking after the win over County, Lennon said that Edouard had done some running on Sunday and also revealed that Mohamed Elyounoussi and Jonny Hayes should be fit for the final.

Despite missing Edouard for Sunday's game, Lennon's side comfortably overcame Ross County after two goals from Ryan Christie and one apiece for Tom Rogic and Mikey Johnston.

And although the Celtic manager admitted there were signs of complacency when they allowed County to score in the first half, he is happy with the goal threat from midfield.

"I think in the second half we got everything that we wanted," said Lennon. "We started very well and then just got a little complacent and came off it a little bit and allowed Ross County back in to the game.

"But our response was fantastic and we had good control of the second half. Going forward, we looked very, very hungry and we look a real threat.

"In the end four goals is a very good total away from home but it could have been more."

In Edouard's absence, Lennon has fielded winger Lewis Morgan as a makeshift striker against Rennes and Ross County.

The 23-year old started and scored against the French side but Lennon confirmed that striker Leigh Griffiths is close to returning up front.

"Obviously we have Griffiths as well almost fully fit," he said. "So that will be a welcome boost to the squad when he's up to full speed."

Mikey Johnston came off the bench to score Celtic's fourth
Mikey Johnston came off the bench to score Celtic's fourth

'It was a nice, easy stroll in the park' - analysis

Former Scotland forward Billy Dodds on Sportsound

It was a comfortable win for Celtic. It finished 4-1 but it could have been 6-1 or 7-1. It was comprehensive, they played well, it showed you the depth of the squad.

This is the sort of game they wanted today -a nice, easy stroll in the park. Ten wins in a row and it sets them up well for the midweek game against Hamilton and the cup final.

Former Inverness player and manager Charlie Christie on Sportsound

Celtic are a huge goal threat with the options they've got. Edouard was out and they've still got a cutting edge.

Anyone will tell you it's a real problem when you rely on one guy to get all your goals. You need other players chipping in from elsewhere so it doesn't disrupt things too much. And Celtic have that.

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