Whelan elated by Celtic player who's re-found his mojo

The confidence will be flowing through Odsonne Edouard after an impressive return to form for Celtic.

That is the view of former Aberdeen and Leeds United striker Noel Whelan who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted the 23-year-old needed to get back to his best after a “hit-and-miss” campaign for the Bhoys.

Having suffered with minor injury problems and two separate spells of self-isolation this season, the French hitman has bounced back with a bang in recent weeks.

Edouard netted his fifth goal in four games against Motherwell on Saturday afternoon, meaning he now has scored 16 times in 27 appearances across all competitions this season.

Whelan admitted it was no surprise to see the Celtic ace go on a scoring streak after netting against Hamilton in late January and suggested it could be a turning point for the striker’s season.

Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “This is what I say about strikers, you get them a goal, it changes the course of their season and their belief and every striker thrives on confidence.

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“That’s just the way we work, the way strikers are built, it’s a mindset – you get a goal, nine times out of ten you’re going to go on a run and it seems like Edouard is now back in the groove and back in that goalscoring mood.

“It’s fantastic for Celtic because it’s been very hit-and-miss for him, in and out of the side but now he looks like he’s finding that goalscoring feeling again and is enjoying every minute of it as well.

“When you’ve got a top scorer like Edouard, who’s a quality player who’s at the height of his game, height of his confidence, you’re going to win more games than you’re going to lose, put it that way.”

Edouard, who has 12 league goals under his belt, still has a long way to go to match his 21 top-flight strikes from last season.

In other news, Alan Hutton has claimed Celtic could stay behind Rangers for years after what he heard from Craig Gordon.