Brendan Rodgers open to two-man ‘quality’ frontline


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Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers admits the prospect of pairing Moussa Dembele and Odsonne Edouard in a twin-threat attack is something that appeals.

The Parkhead boss has so far tended to opt for a lone striker during his two years in charge, however the French duo were paired together as Celtic brushed aside Alashkert 3-0 in the searing Armenian heat in their opening Champions League qualifier.

It remains to be seen if there is more of the same expected as the campaign gets underway, but the Celtic manager has suggested the duo are capable of linking very well together.

Celtic paid a club-record £9m to bring in Edouard from Paris St-Germain on a permanent deal this summer after a successful loan stint last term, while Dembele has tended to start ahead of Scotland international Leigh Griffiths when he’s been fully fit.

Rodgers is tinkering with tactics at this stage in the season and he has been impressed by the youthful partnership up front.

“Odsonne and Moussa have played together before in a different sort of structure in the team,” explained Rodgers. “There’s a respect there for each other’s talents.

“They are quite synchronised in how they work at times. Odsonne can play off the left side a little bit as well but they looked a real handful and threat.

“This is a period where we’re looking at various thinks within our tactics that can hopefully help us going forward and in the games they’ve played together they’ve looked everything you’d want: fast, strong, dynamic and quality.”

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