Celtic winger Mohamed Elyounoussi explains meaning behind his "A" celebration

By David Walton

September 9, 2020

Celtic winger Mohamed Elyounoussi has finally explained the meaning behind his interesting goal celebration.

For close observers, many will have noticed that the Norwegian has recently been making an “A” sign in front of the nearest camera after finding the back of the net.

Elyounoussi most recently did this for Celtic against KR Reykjavik several weeks ago. And he was at it again when he bagged Norway’s opener in Northern Ireland during the week.

Celtic star Mohamed Elyounoussi celebrates scoring for Norway / (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

He’s been speaking to Norwegian outlet VG this week, and has revealed that it’s a tribute to his baby daughter Anna, who arrived in his life when he needed her the most as he struggled with injuri

“My scoring celebration is a symbol that I have recovered from it (his injury problems). Having a daughter is the greatest experience of my life, the greatest gift I have ever received. I believe in God, fate and that there is a plan for everything, and she came at a time when I needed her most.

“I was down (due to his injuries with Southampton). I had returned to shape, but then I got another bang during the warm-up (at Old Trafford). I have never said this to anyone, and I don’t know if my loved ones know it, but I was at the bottom then.

“Fortunately, I have had people around me who have lined up and kept me going. No matter how many blows I got in the face, I would not give up. It should not ruin the way forward.”

Elyounoussi has a glorious opportunity at Celtic Park

It’s a shame that Moi felt so down during his Southampton spell. Being injured consistently just when you think you’re picking up fitness will do that to you.

Indeed, Elyounoussi suffered a similar fate last season too. After making a storming start to life at Celtic, he picked up a nasty foot knock that kept him out of action for several months. When he returned, he never truly managed to get back to 100% fitness.

But that’s a different story to how he’s started this season. Elyounoussi has two goals and one assist in his opening six games this term as he looks to right the wrongs of last term. He’s been a constant in Neil Lennon’s side, and will be itching to make the most of his second loan spell in Glasgow.

Celtic star Mohamed Elyounoussi / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

In fact, the Norwegian has a glorious opportunity to become one of the first names on the team-sheet this season. With no real rival to be concerned with at left-mid, a strong run of form will mean that Moi is hardly ever out of the team.

It would be a far cry from where he was at Southampton when he was struggling to get a game. If he plays his cards right this season, he could be back on the Europa League stage making an impact again.

So it’s great to see him back in form for both club and country, and now we all know the touching message behind his celebration.

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