"Amazing"; Moi Elyounoussi pays brilliant new tribute to Celtic

By John McGinley

November 13, 2021

Former Celtic loan star Mohamed Elyounoussi has paid tribute to the Bhoys for helping him develop into the player he is today.

Elyounoussi spent two years on loan in Glasgow from Southampton, before returning to the south coast and getting regular match action.

The attacker, who signed for Saints from Basel for a fee of £16m [BBC], is starting now starting consistently. He’s made 10 appearances in all competitions, scoring four goals and assisting two more.

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Speaking to The Daily Echo about his time at Celtic, the Norwegian international said: “I had to adapt to the physical part of the game. I think I did that quite well at Celtic, I played a lot of games as a striker against big, tall defenders, so I had to hold the ball.

“That was something I wasn’t used to but I learned how to do it. At some point in my time there I was a target man, playing up to me! Even on the corners, I was the main man, the main target.

“Even though when I was in Basel, we played in the Champions League and we played against good teams, there wasn’t a lot of challenges where you have to go into 50-50 duels. Now I feel like I’m more comfortable going in, much more comfortable to shield the ball. It was new to me, I had to adapt to that.

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“In general, it was a really good experience to go to Celtic. A huge club, amazing fans and I tried to find myself back to where I was before I came to Southampton. I have grown as a player and as a human being, being there over the two years. I have learned a lot about myself, had family and friends around me being very supportive and helpful. It has been a good experience for me.”

Celtic undoubtedly had an Elyounoussi gap to fill when he returned to his parent club without signing on here permanently.

However, manager Ange Postecoglou has found a dynamite replacement in Portuguese winger Jota. He’s already looking even better than Elyounoussi did in the eyes of many supporters.

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Watching the Norwegian star in the Premier League doesn’t hurt too much in that context. It’s fantastic Celtic have managed to play a prominent role in his footballing education. That will only help our reputation as a destination to improve elite-level talents.

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