Player of the Weekend
Just as last weekend’s star performer was a cup final hero, this weekend’s Player of the Weekend was decisive in the biggest of games; Odsonne Édouard.
Passion for football in Scotland is obvious, especially when a stadium is packed to the rafters on Scottish Cup final day. Hampden Park was filled with fifty percent Celtic fans, hoping to see the favourites secure the domestic treble yet again, as well as fifty percent Hearts of Midlothian supporters, cheering on their side to cause an upset.
And the upset was on the cards when half of the stadium erupted to the sight of Hearts going one-nil up, forcing an early second-half goal through the legs of Celtic’s goalkeeper. But the Glasgow side, spurred on by recently returned manager, Neil Lennon, who so much of the narrative around this cup final was about, reacted well when the temperature rose.
No-one remained cooler than our Player of the Weekend, Odsonne Édouard, Celtic’s young striker. Faced with the task of clawing his side back into the game, the club’s record signing divided opinion as he won a penalty for Celtic before calmly putting it away. Then, after a nervy portion of the game with Hearts hoping for extra-time, Édouard had the chance to strike again.
A lapse in concentration allowed the striker though on goal once more, seemingly with an eternity of time to pick his spot. Such pressure can get the best of young strikers, but Édouard didn’t even look at the goal, sending the ‘keeper the wrong way as he picked his spot in the net. Scenes of jubilation followed, as Édouard became the man to secure a historic ‘treble-treble’ for Celtic.