Lyon eye Edouard, Bauer forgives Ibrox assailant, Boli confidence boost – roundup

Odsonne Edouard is attracting the attention of Lyon after his goalscoring
heroics for the French U21s.

The 21-year-old is being closely monitored by the Ligue 1 side, reports the Guardian.

He scored twice after coming on as a sub against Albania last week, followed by another double against the Czech Republic on Monday. It’s the kind of thing “rival” Alfredo Morelos would struggle to do on a PlayStation.

Lyon no doubt would have been well aware of Eddie’s talents, having signed his countryman Moussa Dembele for £20m last year.

Dembele had a slow start to his Lyon career but has been finding the net regularly and was linked with a big money switch to Man Utd in the summer.

Any fee for Edouard should be reflected in the price Lyon are after and not what Celtic sold Dembele for.

With Monaco already credited with an interest, Celtic should already be planning ahead for all eventualities. The player is hoping for a call up to the Olympics in Japan next summer which would throw a spanner in the works for Celtic’s pre-season preparations and European qualifiers.

The good news for Celtic fans is that Eddie is happy at the club and has been on fire at the start of the season.

Even better news is that he’s back uninjured. For a lot of fans now, that’s the main thing to look forward to during international week and certainly the best that can be hoped for these days with regards to players on Scotland duty.

Scotland’s double trouble against Russia and Belgium perhaps counters the argument that a more ‘pragmatic’ manager like Steve Clarke wouldn’t have suffered the same fate as Brendan Rodgers against the likes of Barcelona and PSG._

Hopefully, the Celts on duty will have picked up some valuable experience that will stand them in good stead for the Europa League matches. Ryan Christie will be doing extra homework after seeing Kevin De Bruyne at close quarters, studying a recording of the match in a bid to emulate the Belgian.

Moritz Bauer, meanwhile, revealed that Jordan Jones called him to apologise. The right-back was hacked down by a raging Jones during last week’s win at Ibrox and told Celtic TV he received a “positive surprise” when the crocked winger picked up the phone to say sorry.

Rangers fans want Jones sacked, but not for that conciliatory gesture. Jones was reportedly filmed having a laugh with pals who were singing the Celtic Symphony. It’s caused a bit of a hoo-ha on their forums and Twitter and no mistake.

Celtic now have a “secret weapon” that we’ve never used before, in Bauer who has opened up on his incredible throw-ins. Fans got a glimpse of it at Ibrox with a shy that travelled around 40 yards into the Rangers half. This could cause as much chaos in the opposition box as a corner kick

Hopefully more, as our corners haven’t been up to much for a while.

Ibrox hero Boli Bolingoli says he’s now settled in and his head is in a good place. The defender had studied his early matches in the hoops, in which he remains unbeaten, and says he recognises that he was lacking confidence.

With Celtic fans across Twitter changing their names to Bolingoli in tribute to the left-back, that’s one thing that shouldn’t be in short supply as we get back to domestic action against Hamilton on Saturday.

It may be something of an eye-opener for Bolingoli and the rest of the new Bhoys, but fans will be happy to get back to the real stuff after the international break.


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