Ryan Christie has Odsonne Edouard’s box ticked on his Player of the Year form.
But the Parkhead playmaker reckons it was Olivier Ntcham and Scott Brown who have scored the biggest Celtic goals of the season and not the French flyer.
Christie made his nominations as the club launched their 2019/2020 Awards.
Unsurprisingly, Edouard got the nod in the main category from the Scotland star.
The hitman has been sensational throughout the campaign with 28 goals for his club and another five for France’s Under-21 side.
Christie can barely believe there is more to come from Edouard and said: “The scary thing about Odsonne is that he’s still only 22. There is so much potential to unlock yet. He will just keep getting better and better.
“From the start of the season he has been phenomenal. I’m lucky to play behind him or close to him and he’s such a good player.
“People see his goals and performances during games and he’s been unbelievable, but training with him every day, some of the stuff that he comes out with is ridiculous.
“He would be my pick for his consistency and the big moments he has produced. I’ve noticed this season that there are elements of his game improving all the time.
“His hold-up play is getting better and that’s a big help when we are away from home and need the ball to stick.
“Odsonne has talent and his nice footwork and goals gets a lot of attention, but he also has to do the dirty work and has been very consistent in that sense.
“He has been reliable all season and his performances in Europe were excellent, too. Think back to his penalty late on in the Copenhagen game.
“It’s the last 32 of the Europa League, there was so much pressure on him to score, but he was so cool.
“To dink a penalty like that shows how much belief he has in himself and Odsonne is very, very laid back.
“He has good chat in the changing room, but he’s as chilled off the pitch as he is on it. That’s just his personality and he has this ability to turn things on whenever he wants.
“When he’s through on goal, he never panics. He’s always cool. That’s just a mindset thing from Odsonne. Even in big moments in front of goal, he is so calm.”
However, although Edouard has produced the highest percentage of the goals throughout the squad with Christie hot on his heels, it’s two of the boys in the middle of the park who get the Goal of the Season Award.
Ntcham’s delightful injury-time winner against Lazio won his team-mate’s vote, but Brown’s even-later effort to sink Hamilton Accies in the Ladbrokes Premiership and secure a less high-profile 2-1 win was just as significant.
Christie explained: “Ollie’s goal against Lazio in Rome was a brilliant moment because of how important it was and the circumstances.
“It was injury-time, it was to win the game and he was so calm and collected. To finish with a chip like that at any time would have been special.
“But to do it under that pressure against Lazio to put us into the knockouts was amazing.
“We have scored a lot of goals and there are a few that stand out. But Broony’s last-minute winner against Hamilton shouldn’t be overlooked.
“We were all gutted when we lost the equaliser and for him to step up and score was huge.
“I felt he should have won it last season for his winner at Kilmarnock, so maybe he will get it this year because it was a big moment for us in the season.
“In that moment, Broony wasn’t the matchwinner people expected, but he always seems to come up with big goals.”
The final category for Celtic players and fans to vote on is Young Player of the Year.
Christie found that a tricky choice, but opted for teenage defensive sensation Jeremie Frimpong.
The youngster has rocketed to top-team prominence this term and his colleague said: “There are a few contenders for Young Player, but Jeremie does stand out.
“Mikey Johnston will be there or thereabouts but he’s had a tough time with injury. He has bags of ability and started the season well.
“Mikey has a big future ahead of him, but Jezza has been a great addition to the squad and has made such a big impact.
“His turn of pace and ability to get down the wing and put crosses in is unbelievable. He is the perfect modern-day full-back and he was probably exactly what we needed.
“The team was doing well, but Jezza gave us that extra lift when he made his debut. He was our best player for two or three games in a row and looked like he’d been playing there for years.
“Jezza is so enthusiastic. I love him to bits. He’s so funny and genuine. His ‘Oh my days’ stuff after the Betfred Cup final went viral, but that’s genuinely what he’s like.
“We see his personality every day and he has a massive future ahead of him in the game. Getting him from Man City was a brilliant piece of business as he will keep improving.”
Fans can join Christie in placing votes by logging onto https://poty.celticfc.net/home.