CELTIC manager Neil Lennonhas admitted he is hopeful his £9 million striker Odsonne Edouard will be available for the Betfred Cup final against Rangers at Hampden on Sunday.

Edouard, who has a slight strain, missed the Parkhead club’s Ladbrokes Premiership win over Ross County in Dingwall this afternoon.

Lennon revealed the Frenchman, who has scored 14 times for the treble treble winners in the 2019/20 campaign, did some running yesterday.

However, the Northern Irishman, who played winger Lewis Morgan up front once again at the Global Energy Stadium, doesn’t know if the player will be available for the cup final.

“We’re taking it day by day,” said Lennon. “I can’t pinpoint when he’ll be back. So we have to soldier on without him at the minute and we’ll see how he is as the week goes on.

“It’s just day by day. We’ll see how he is tomorrow. He’s been out running today and I think he’s come through that okay. I’m hoping Odsonne will be okay.”

Lennon doesn’t feel that Edouard needs to play in the Premiership match against Hamilton at Parkhead on Wednesday night to make the Rangers match,

“It’s not necessary,” he said. “You don’t want to take a chance with it. He may or may not be fit, we will monitor it day by day.”

Lennon is optimistic that Mohammed Elyounoussi and Jonny Hayes will be ready to face Steven Gerrard’s team this weekend, but feels the match may come too soon for Boli Bolingoli

“Moy should be training Wednesday or Thursday so he should have a good chance,” he said. “Jonny should be fine. Boli we’re not sure on yet. He might be a doubt.”