Mo Elyounoussi came to the defence of Neil Lennon after Celtic’s battling 2-2 draw against Lille in the Europa League on Thursday night, the Daily Record reports.

The Hoops might be four games without a win in all competitions. However, the performance against Lille was Celtic’s best in weeks. Lennon’s side were excellent for large spells of the game, and were unfortunate not to get the three points.

Elyounoussi, who scored twice for the Hoops in the draw, was full of praise for Lennon after the game. He can’t understand why the manager is getting any criticism.

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“I don’t know why anyone should criticise”

“I don’t read the criticism. And I don’t know why anyone should criticise him. He’s shown over many, many years that he’s a good manager. We believe in him and his staff” Elyounoussi said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“Of course it has been a difficult week for us, but we have to stick together, stick to the plan, and we’ll come out stronger. We are 100 per cent behind him” he concluded.

 

Celtic might have been playing poorly in recent weeks. However, it shouldn’t be forgotten that so many key players were ruled out of the side. Being without a raft of first-team regulars is enough to put any time off their stride. Even more so when you consider that it was Covid-19 that ruled some players out of action, and not regular injuries.

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Thankfully most of those players have returned to action.

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It is good to see that the players and management seem united ahead of a big game for Celtic. The Scottish Cup semi-final might have been delayed for six months. However, it should not be forgotten that a win against Aberdeen would put the Hoops 90 minutes from a fourth successive domestic treble.

Celtic’s chances of victory in that game will be increased if the squad and management unite as one. Thankfully that is what Elyounoussi states is happening. It is time to ‘stick together’ as he says, and get behind the club as the Hoops aim to reach a fourth successive Scottish Cup semi-final.

In other news, Neil Lennon deserves credit for Celtic’s away record in Europe.

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