Exclusive: McNamara raves over Celtic starlet he forgets is still 'really young'

Jackie McNamara has been left lauding the improved performances of Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard after scoring on a regular basis this season.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Parkhead defender says that the 21-year-old French forward has come on leaps and bounds with the Hoops, insisting he is living up to the big-money deal which saw him move to Glasgow permanently.

Edouard joined the Bhoys in a record-breaking transfer for the Bhoys back in the summer of 2018, having enjoyed a successful loan spell from PSG at Parkhead for the 2017/18 campaign.

With eight goals and five assists in his 15 appearances this season, the Frenchman drawing a rare blank against Hibernian on Saturday, McNamara has been left raving over the youngster’s improvements up front.

McNamara told Football Insider: He’s really come on. You forget he is really young and the big price tag he came with. He’s definitely shown in big games, especially the Old Firm games, that he can turn it on.

“He’s been a real good player for Celtic. His confidence is up now, he did well for the French under-21s. There’s a lot of tension on him and he’s doing well.”

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Edouard is closing in on 100 appearances for Celtic, Saturday’s outing his 96th for the Hoops, during which he has netted 41 goals and chipped in with a further 17 assists.

His league form this season has seen him score five goals in his six Premiership outings, fighting it out with the likes of Leigh Griffiths and Vakoun Issouf Bayo to lead the line for Neil Lennon.

Having drawn 1-1 against Hibs on Saturday, the Hoops now turn their attentions to the Europa League clash with CFR Cluj, the side who knocked them out of the Champions League qualifiers.

In other Celtic news, McNamara has told Football Insider one Hoops star is “disappointed” after Lennon’s training ground reveal.