Noel Whelan has suggested Leeds United loanee Ryan Edmondson could catch the eye of Celtic in Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final versus Aberdeen.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and Dons forward has lauded the 19-year-old for his “strength of character” after his injury setbacks in Scotland.

As confirmed by Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes, the Leeds loanee passed a concussion test after a collision in last week’s 3-3 draw with the Hoops and is in contention for Sunday’s semi-final showdown.

Edmondson has made two starts in eight appearances for Aberdeen so far and netted his first two goals against Hamilton.

Whelan has insisted that it would be easy for the young striker to feel sorry for himself and that he is delighted the Leeds academy graduate has a chance to showcase his skills against one of Scotland’s biggest sides.

Whelan told Football Insider: “I think he’s shown his strength of character because sometimes you can dip your head down, feel sorry for yourself when you’ve been out the Leeds United side but doing everything right in the under-23s.

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“Then you get a loan spell to a fantastic club that I’ve played at and I know how good they look after their players, gets an early injury that sets him back – it would be very easy to feel sorry for yourself. 

“Right now, it’s testament to the lad that’s he’s come back, worked hard, stayed strong and more importantly, that strength of character. He’s come back better and stronger and being part of this Aberdeen side now, he’s got a great opportunity to get himself into a final. 

“This is what it’s all about in progression in someone’s career, to play against the best people, test yourself against these defenders and these big clubs because if you do well enough against one of them, you might find yourself getting a move to one of them.

“It’s a game for the young man to showcase his skills and his attributes in and no better to do that than in a cup semi-final against Celtic who, at the minute, are struggling to keep clean sheets. 

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