Big-game hero Moi Elyounoussi strikes again; Celtic facing increasing calls to make move permanent

By David Walton

March 22, 2021

Celtic winger Moi Elyounoussi impressed fans once again as the growing number of supporter calls for him to sign permanently were on show.

Elyounoussi was given a starting jersey against Rangers yesterday in the Glasgow derby, his second consecutive start under interim boss John Kennedy. It’s fair to say that he more than played his part.

Moi opened the scoring with a superb diving-header that looked to set Celtic on the road to derby day glory. And even after Alfredo Morelos’ fortuitous equaliser, Elyounoussi was still making things happen.

The Norwegian’s link-up play with Odsonne Edouard was a joy to behold as they ran Connor Goldson and Filip Helander ragged. A couple of these quick combination plays sent Edouard through, but he was profligate on the day.

As disappointing as the afternoon was, a handful of players were able to come off with their heads held high. Elyounoussi was chief among them for what he put into the contest.

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It’s been an inconsistent return to Celtic Park for Elyounoussi this season after injury halted him in his first loan spell last year. This term, Moi has bagged 14 goals and six assists in all competitions. So even though he’s been in and out of the team, he’s still been producing in front of goal when others have struggled.

Celtic were reported by Football Insider to be looking at signing Moi permanently back when Lennon was in charge. The report claimed that he would only cost the club a total of £5m.

Celtic attacker Mohamed Elyounoussi at Fir Park / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

However, in more recent times, a door has opened for him at St Mary’s. Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl claimed that he would look at all loan players once more when they return to the club in the summer [Daily Echo].

But it’s clear Moi is growing in popularity in Scotland once more. A derby goal can do that for you, even if it wasn’t to be the winner.

Below, we take a look at what Celtic fans are saying about the Norwegian after yet another big-game strike to add to efforts in events such as the Europa League and Hampden cup ties:

In other news, John Kennedy was left furious yesterday as he pointed the finger at Rangers’ Borna Barisic.