Declan Gallagher is out to avoid Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard after a tricky night for the Motherwell defender.

The Well defender was hit with the full force of Celtic’s attack as the Hoops ran out 4-0 winners at Fir Park. Two from Edouard, A Leigh Griffiths effort and a fine Callum McGregor strike sealed a convincing away win.

Tough for the big defender. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

It won’t get much tougher for the Scotland international, who has enjoyed a stellar debut season at Fir Park. He’s played in every league game for Stephen Robinson’s side, with his form earning him a Scotland debut.

He’s glad to have his Edouard encounter over and done with though as he looks ahead to cup weekend: “I was trying to get tight to him during the match but I’m still looking for him now to see if I can find him and get tight to him.

“He is definitely the best I’ve come up against this season. When Edouard is on that kind of form he is unplayable. It’s hard to play against someone when they are on that kind of form.

Hiding from Edouard.

Hiding from Edouard. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

“I think I will try to avoid him until I need to play him again. For 45 minutes we matched Celtic and we showed we are up for the press. We played three up top against their three at the back.

“We went man for man. It wasn’t ideal losing the early goal but we had chances ourselves and matched them until half-time. After that they completely dominated. We have to get the last couple of results out of the way ahead of cup weekend.

“Those last two results have not been great but the result at Aberdeen went for us on Wednesday night and we are still in third place. So we have to get that out the system, look forward to the Scottish Cup and try to get through to the next round.”

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