Date: 21st December 2018 at 6:22am
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Odsonne Edouard is winning his fitness battle for next week’s crucial matches at Pittodrie and Ibrox.

The striker suffered an abductor strain during the first half of the 3-0 win over Motherwell on Wednesday night and was replaced by Mikey Johnston.

With Leigh Griffiths out of action for an indefinite period Celtic have no strikers fit and ready with Johnston and Lewis Morgan filling in during the second half against Motherwell.

Brendan Rodgers will have to make do without a striker at home to Dundee but it seems that Edouard is likely to face Aberdeen on Wednesday.

The Daily Record claims:

But Record Sport understands Edouard’s condition is not as bad as first suspected with the club’s medics reasonably confident that the 20-year-old will be back in action in time to face the Dons on Boxing Day

A source said: “It didn’t look too clever on Wednesday night but the news has been more encouraging today. It certainly looks as if the game against Dundee will be a bit too soon for Odsonne but the indications we’re getting suggest has a good chance of being ready for the matches against Aberdeen and Rangers.”

Rodgers has already gone on Record saying that he wants to sign two strikers in January with that requirement reinforced by the injury to Edouard.

After selling Moussa Dembele on transfer deadline day to Lyon Celtic have been down to two strikers with Griffiths dogged by injury problems before last week’s announcement of personal issues.