AS you may know, I’m currently at home recovering from a kidney transplant, but luckily, I have been able to keep up with how Celtic have been getting on through the television coverage as I get myself back to full health. And it has been quite a pick-me-up to watch them over their last two away fixtures at Hamilton and Motherwell.

The break really seems to have come at the right time for Celtic. They look re-energised. But the biggest factor in their recent great form for me is their resilience.

When you look back over the past three years, there have been times when they have had the odd wobble, or they have been questioned after a defeat. They have always come back with an emphatic response, and they have done it again after the loss to Rangers over the festive period.

Neil Lennon has switched things up, going to a 3-5-2 more often than not as Leigh Griffiths has come back into the picture, and it seems to have really given them a boost in an attacking sense.

Look at the Accies game. Hamilton go ahead, and yes, they then get a man sent off which killed their chances, but Celtic just kept pushing and pushing until the quality of their attacking play got them through in the end.

The quality of the goals that day was very good, and it was the same at Motherwell on Wednesday night.

Fair play to the Fir Park side, they had a few chances in the first half and made a decent game of it, but Celtic again stepped it up after the interval, scoring some exceptional goals with some exceptional individual performances within that.

For me, the two standout players were Callum McGregor and Odsonne Edouard. In the case of Edouard, he has really come into his own this season.

When he first came to Celtic, he played in the shadow of Moussa Dembele a little bit, and he was very young. He has now bedded in, and without question is Celtic’s main man.

He has a lot of pace and is deceptively strong too. Dembele had real brute strength and of course could score goals too, but I would say that Edouard is a bit silkier and has more technical ability.

I’m not comparing the players at all, Dembele was sensational in his own right, but I think that Edouard is getting to that level that Dembele reached before he moved on, and you know it is now a matter of time before Edouard moves on too.

I think he is ready to go to a real top club. I know that players have had success going to perhaps a smaller club in a bigger league first, like Virgil van Dijk and Victor Wanyama when they went to Southampton before moving up again, but I think Edouard has the ability to play at the very highest level right now.

It would be great to see him staying another year at Celtic, but the way he is playing, he is going to create interest.

Part of the deal when players like Edouard come to Celtic is that if you do well, you will eventually move on, and that works to everyone’s benefit. Celtic have got good money by operating such a system, and you hope that perhaps some of the boys they have now signed can also go on and get to that level of an Edouard or a Dembele themselves.

The chances are that Edouard will move on this summer, but if he does, it has been a real pleasure to watch his development and just to watch him play football.

Celtic have really been spoiled with the strikers they have had over the past wee while, and I hope we get to watch this blossoming partnership between Edouard and Griffiths for a little while longer yet.

As for McGregor, you can't really say he doesn't get the credit for the role that he plays in Celtic's success, but perhaps he doesn't get enough. He was sensational at Motherwell.

He showed with his assist for Griffiths' goal that he is quicker than you might sometimes think, which comes from the hard work he has put in in training and the high confidence he must be playing with at the moment.

You have to say that the change in momentum since the winter break has been stark. Just like last year, Rangers went into the winter break on Celtic’s heels, but have been left in their wake since.

A lot of that has to do not only with the mental strength of this Celtic squad, but the depth in quality, which we saw the other night as Patryk Klimala, a £3m signing, Tom Rogic and Ryan Christie came off the bench.

At the forefront of it all though are the two players I mentioned, McGregor and Edouard, and while the league isn’t yet over by a long way, it is difficult to see Celtic slipping up if that pair can maintain their current scintillating form.


No Celtic fan needs reminding about the perils of a cup-tie in Clyde, but I can’t see anything other than a routine win in tomorrow’s Scottish Cup game at Broadwood.

Clyde were playing at a higher level back in 2006, and while I know they will try to make a game of it, Celtic will be too strong.

I actually work alongside their assistant manager Allan Moore, who led Morton to a League Cup shock over Celtic before. He's a good lad and I know they are all delighted with the tie and are looking forward to it.

They will make a good bit of money, while Celtic should get through without too many problems, so everyone should be a winner come Sunday night.