Jackie McNamara heaped praise on Celtic attacker Odsonne Edouard and seemed in awe of the player’s transformation.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former Celtic enforcer heaped praise on the Hoops forward and claimed he has improved so much in the space of 12 months.

Edouard has played 30 times across all competitions this season, scoring 15 goals and registering 15 assists.

McNamara pointed out that the Frenchman had become crucial to Neil Lennon’s side and that the club need to hope he stays fit and that he keeps racking up the goals.

When asked if Edouard deceives his opponents with his body language as he often looks nonchalant before upping his game quickly, McNamara told Football Insider: “Yeah, I think that’s the way he plays.

“I think he’s improved so much in a year, and he’s still only 21-years-old.

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“He’s improved so much, his hold up play has gotten much better, he brings other people into play.

“So I think it’s crucial to Celtic that he stays fit and keeps scoring the goals.”

Edouard joined the Hoops on a permanent basis from French giants Paris Saint-Germain in July 2018 after spending his 2017/18 campaign on loan with the club.

The 21-year-old is contracted to stay with Lennon’s side until 2022, with him already having racked up 111 appearances for the club.

The Hoops are next in action on Sunday with them set to take on archrivals Rangers at Celtic Park.

In other Celtic news, Alan Hutton says one Bhoy will be “frustrated” after a “disappointing” transfer development.