Neil Lennon must stop the recent Mohamed Elyounoussi striker experiment at Celtic.

The natural winger is clearly not cut out for being the strike partner for Odsonne Edouard.

Elyounoussi is at his strongest playing on the wing – especially over the wing-backs.


If Lennon still wishes to persist with two up top, then Leigh Griffiths is the clear choice.

Mohamed Elyounoussi Celtic experiment must be over

The Norwegian international may have only played twice in support of Edouard, but that’s enough.

Mohamed Elyounoussi in action for Celtic against Copenhagen (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Against Copenhagen, Elyounoussi was chosen as the token Lennon ‘curveball’ to support Edouard.

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The ball was sticking to him, but with crowds of players around him, it didn’t work.

Likewise, last night’s Livingston match was almost a replica with their men quickly shutting him down.

Leigh Griffiths is the natural partner to Odsonne Edouard

Compare that to the likes of Griffiths, who played on the shoulder of the last man with success.

Celtic look more likely to score with Griffiths as a striker than with Elyounoussi supporting Edouard.

Leigh Griffiths is a better option to partner Odsonne Edouard. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

The ball over the top is ideal for games like Livingston where there will be banks of players behind the ball.

Elyounoussi is a fantastic ball player and is clearly a winger, not a striker.

He can beat opponents and take people on as well as being a threat with crosses.

Mohamed Elyounoussi celebrates goal against Cluj. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It is where he excelled with the Hoops before his injury and where he got the most glory.

However, he doesn’t have a striker’s prowess or awareness in the way Griffiths and Edouard does.

Some fans may want the 3-5-2 system binned after recent performances – which is a credible view.

Lennon deserves plaudits for trying to change it after the dismal performance and set-up against Rangers.

But, if it remains, it must be the successful partnership of Edouard and Griffiths to utilise its potential.

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