Celtic manager Neil Lennon is hopeful leading scorer Odsonne Edouard will be able to prove his fitness ahead of Sunday’s huge Betfred Cup final against Old Firm rivals Rangers (Match Betting – Rangers 11/5, Draw 5/2, Celtic 6/5).

France under-21-star Edouard, who has grabbed 14 goals across all competitions so far this term, has missed the Bhoys last three matches due to what has been described as a “niggle”.

The Glasgow giants have coped well in Edouard’s absence, recording wins over Rennes, Ross County and Hamilton, although their victory over the latter was only secured thanks to a 90th-minute strike from Scott Brown on Wednesday.

Celtic will now turn their attention to Sunday’s cup final at Hampden Park and Lennon is hopeful Edouard will be able to play some part in that match, although a lot will depend on how he emerges from training over the next few days.

“Edouard was out running today. He’ll be assessed again tomorrow and if he comes through tomorrow he’ll maybe train Friday,” Lennon told reporters after the victory over Hamilton.

Mohamed Elyounoussi, Boli Bolingoli and Jonny Hayes are also pushing for returns following their own recent layoffs and all three of those players are expected to train ahead of Sunday’s match.

Lennon added: “The others are just as important to me and are training tomorrow.”

Celtic are aiming to win the Betfred Cup for the fourth successive year and they have already beaten Rangers once this season, claiming a 2-0 victory at Ibrox thanks to goals from Edouard and Hayes (To lift the trophy – Celtic 4/11, Rangers 11/8).

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