Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard

Odsonne Edouard has proven himself to have the “ultimate mentality” after returning to form for Celtic.

That is the view of former Rangers and Scotland manager Alex McLeish who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted the 23-year-old’s performances would be “music to the ears” of the Parkhead faithful.

Having failed to hit his previous heady heights during the first half of the season, Edouard has netted six goals in as many games for the Hoops, including a brace against Kilmarnock in midweek.

In stark contrast, he managed to score only five league goals between the start of the campaign in August and late December – three of which came on the opening day against Hamilton.

McLeish believes Edouard may have suffered with a slight confidence crisis amid a poor run of form for the whole squad and suggested he has proven his mental strength to bounce back.

“A couple of goals for Edouard, that’s music to the ears of every Celtic supporter when he started scoring again and also to the player himself,” McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge. 

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“His confidence, it doesn’t matter how high you get rated but there are spells when you have self-doubt and he’s obviously gone through a spell of self-doubt, his game has not gone to the levels we expected.

“He is still a young man and we forget that you’re allowed to have an off day now and again, he’s only human.

“Young players go like that and sometimes some of them rise over their first couple of seasons and then they plateau, they go down again and then they come back if they have the ultimate mentality for it.

“It seems like he’s got that in his locker.” 

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