By Noel Whelan

16th Feb, 2020 | 3:00pm

Exclusive: Whelan in awe of one Celtic player - 'Like a man possessed'

Noel Whelan has been left in awe of Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard after his performances since the turn of the year.

The former Leeds and Aberdeen hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says the Frenchman has looked “unplayable” at times in 2020 after an impressive run of form in front of goal.

Prior to Sunday’s clash away at Aberdeen, the 22-year-old had netted seven goals in six games, including braces against Motherwell, Hamilton and Ross County.

Whelan says that the former PSG man has lifted his game to another level at Parkhead in recent weeks, highlighting just how lethal he is in front of goal regardless of the situation.

Whelan told Football Insider: “He’s loving it, he’s come into the second part of the season firing on all cylinders. 

“He just looks like a man possessed with that hunger and desire, taking games by the scruff of the neck and he seems unplayable at time. 

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“His goals that he’s scoring are fantastic goals; well controlled, well finished, also his free-kicks, brave enough to get onto the free-kicks and put them into the back of the net.

“It seems like everything is clicking into gear for Edouard and Neil Lennon must be overyjoyed with the performances he’s putting.” 

Edouard, who initially arrived at Celtic from PSG on loan back in 2017, has scored a total of 56 goals in 119 appearances for the Hoops, the Glasgow giants turning his stay permanent a year later.

This season has seen him net 23 times in 38 games, adding a further 17 assists to his tally.

In other Celtic news, Football Insider can REVEAL a major update on the club’s hopes of signing Mohamed Elyounoussi.