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  • Edouard: Ibrox winner was the greatest moment of my career

    Edouard: Ibrox winner was the greatest moment of my career

    By: Mark Henderson on 12 Mar, 2018 17:04

  • ODSONNE Edouard admitted that scoring the winner in Sunday’s dramatic Glasgow derby was the greatest moment of his fledging career.

    Just two minutes after entering the fray from the bench, the 20-year-old collected a pass from Moussa Dembele, danced past a defender and then found the far corner with a fabulous finish, sending the Celtic fans at Ibrox into ecstasy.

    Despite playing with 10 men following Jozo Simunovic’s sending off early in the second half, the champions showed remarkable resilience to hold out for the next 25 minutes and claim a famous 3-2 victory, which has put them in a commanding position to secure a seventh successive title.

    Speaking exclusively to the official Celtic website, the derby hero said: “I’m delighted about the victory yesterday. What was especially important for me is that it was my first derby, so to score the winning goal was very special, which brings me a lot of happiness, and I’m particularly happy for the team.

    “I’m a striker, so any time I get a goal I’m really happy. It was a very important game and one of our biggest matches of the season, so I was thrilled to score.

    “The manager told me I was going up front with Moussa. We have played together before so we’ve a good understanding, and the manager encouraged me and gave me the confidence to go in and make a difference.

    “It was a quick attack, and the moment Moussa got the ball. I knew he was going to give me a perfect pass. I received the ball, dribbled past one defender and then just put it into the net. Without doubt, it’s the greatest moment of my life as a footballer so far. and I will always remember this big moment for the rest of my career.

    “The Celtic fans were exceptional - as they always are, and to be able to give them such joy is just amazing. The feeling is really special.”

    The final whistle sparked scenes of joyful celebrations on the pitch as Brendan Rodgers, his backroom team and the players saluted a euphoric away support in the Broomloan Road Stand.

    Once the fans had left the stadium and all the noise died down, Edouard called his parents and his family back home in France, who were suitably proud.

    “After the victory, we all celebrated together in the changing room and then later on that night I had some dinner with my friends, but I didn’t do anything too special,” he said. 

    "I had some friends at the game in the stadium but all my family and friends were back in Paris and watching the match on TV. I spoke to my parents, as I do after every match, and they were delighted for me and very proud.”

    Captain Scott Brown was quick to congratulate the Frenchman after his derby heroics, and Edouard was full of praise for his skipper.

    “He’s the leader of the team and he encourages us in every training session and in every single match,” he said. “He was very happy after the game, and he congratulated us and then he congratulated me as well. He will continue to lead the team for a long time.”

    Prior to Edouard's magical moment, the Hoops had come from behind twice, through fantastic goals from Tom Rogic and Dembele, and the performance, particularly when down to 10 men, highlighted the team’s terrific togetherness and spirit.

    “After the red card, we were stronger mentally and we showed that we were together even more and that helped us achieve the victory,” said Edouard. “I am really proud and happy to be part of this team and to play under a super coach. It has been great to be part of this team this season.”

    Celtic now hold a nine-point lead at the top of the table, with a game in hand over their title rivals, as they close in on seven-in-a-row. But Edouard insisted there was still plenty of hard work left to clinch the silverware.

    “Football can change really quickly," he added. "We just have to keep training hard every day to make sure we can win the rest of the matches to win the title.”

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