Celtic winger Mohamed Elyounoussi has stated that he’s ready to start earning more international caps with Norway.
The Norwegian left-winger has started his Celtic career on fire. He’s made six appearances for the club, but has already notched three goals to his name. He’s starting to warm to the Scottish game, and has impressed in the last three games against Cluj, Livingston, and Ross County respectively.
He was also noticed by Norway during the recent international break. However, he didn’t manage to get any game-time against Spain or Romania respectively. The last time he played for his country was back in March against Sweden.
But now he’s ready to get back into the swing of things for his nation once again. Speaking in the Celtic View (Volume 55, Issue 16, Page 23), Mo is backing himself to win back a place with the Norway side.
“I was away with the Norwegian national team during the break but I didn’t get any minutes so I was quite hungry when I came back. The previous international break in September was the first time I hadn’t been in the squad in some time, so it was nice to be back in with the boys.
“It’s a step forward to be back in the national team. I’ve been working my way into the team at Celtic. So now that I’m back fit, I feel I have something to build on and can be playing again for Norway when the next round of international fixtures come around.
“I’ve been a regular starter for the national team in recent years. So if I continue to play the way I have, I should be back playing international football really soon.”
Plenty of big games for Mo to get his teeth into
Elyounoussi has only played two of Norway’s eight games in their current European qualifying group. However, there are still plenty of big games for him to be ready for when called upon.
Norway have still to face both the Faroe Islands and Malta respectively. Six points from those two games still gives them an outside chance of nabbing second place from Sweden.
But it’s more imperative that Elyounoussi gets himself into the Norway side for March. They could end up facing Scotland in the Nations League playoffs. The winner would get a place at Euro 2020, so the Norwegians do have a fallback.
Elyounoussi can certainly offer Norway some flair in the final third if selected. And, in fairness, it looks like a matter of time before he is.
During the last internationals, he was still breaking his way into the Celtic team. But his brace against Ross Couty has seriously announced himself.
The left-winger will now be concentrating solely on Lazio on Thursday night. Another standout display there will do him wonders with regards to international contention. But things, for the first time in a while, are on the up for Elyounoussi.