Andy Walker insists Celtic midfielder Paulo Bernardo has earned a "new level of respect" after his recent performances.

The Benfica loanee has thrived over the last three matches, scoring against both Dundee and Rangers and also being named player of the match after his two assists against St Mirren.

And Walker feels the Portugal under-21 international can get even better.

“I thought he was terrific," he told Go Radio "I think it’s the type of goal that makes everyone, just the perception of him, he is given a new level of respect. 

“Much of the same, what are Celtic getting with Reo Hatate when he signed? And then he scored two goals against Rangers in February when Celtic won 3-0, the perception of him immediately changed.

"Here is a guy who can play football. That can play really good passes. But he can score goals on the big occasions and lead the team. 

“I think that’s what you are getting with Bernardo. When you look at the two he is playing alongside in the middle of the park. Arguably two of Celtic’s best players this season.”

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Meanwhile, Chris Sutton has hailed Celtic midfielder Matt O'Riley, calling him an "absolute bargain".

The midfielder has scored 10 goals and provided 10 assists so far this season as he has thrived under Brendan Rodgers.

O'Riley joined from English League One side MK Dons for £1.5million in January 2022 and recently played his 100th game for the Hoops.

And Sutton had nothing but good things to say about the Denmark international.

"I can’t remember O’Riley, other than that cross, misplacing a pass," he told Sky Sports.

"His passing has been purposeful and on point. He seems to be an absolute bargain from MK Dons."