Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard “will be a world beater” after making huge improvements this season, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Aberdeen, Livingston and Dunfermline forward has been blown away by the development of the Frenchman since he initially joined on loan in his teens two summers ago.

Edouard has scored 31 goals in 77 Celtic appearances and has emerged as the attack leader this season following Moussa Dembele’s exit and the troubles of Leigh Griffiths.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Whelan named Edouard as his Scottish player of the year ahead of not only Rangers and Aberdeen stars but also Hoops teammates James Forrest, Callum McGregor and Kieran Tierney.

“He has been fantastic,” Whelan said. “I know Alfredo Morelos is the top scorer but his petulance and disciplinary problems have let him down. If he didn’t have that in his make-up, he would be my first choice.

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“Edouard has come on leaps and bounds. He has everything you want in a striker – pace, power, great feet, good technique and a real eye for goal. He has scored at important times and kept Celtic going when they looked like flagging.

“I’ve no doubt he will be a world beater in the years to come. He has a great future ahead of him and is going to be unstoppable now.”

The France Under-19 international has netted 20 times from 48 games this season, as well as supplied eight assists, and scored key goals to keep the Hoops at the Scottish summit.

He joined Celtic on loan from PSG in the 2017 on a deal that was converted into a permanent transfer last summer for a club-record fee of £9million.

Whelan’s SPL player of the season:

  1. Odsonne Edouard (Celtic)
  2. James Tavernier (Rangers)
  3. Sam Cosgrove (Aberdeen)

In other Celtic news, the club are set to land a STUNNING £5.4million windfall…plus top-up bonuses.