Celtic winger Mohamed Elyounoussi reckons it would be “amazing” if his Norway side were to meet Scotland in the play-offs for Euro 2020.
The sides know that they will face each other in the one-off play-off final should they come through their semi-final clashes. Scotland will face one of Bulgaria, Hungary, Israel or Romania at Hampden Park while Norway know they will face Serbia.
That means that Elyounoussi, and Kristoffer Ajer, could come up against the likes of James Forrest, Ryan Christie and Callum McGregor in a straight shoot-out for a place at next summer’s tournament.
And it would be a historic clash too, given both side’s recent qualification records. Scotland’s well documented wait for major championship football stretches back to the 1998 World Cup while Norway’s last involvement was two years later at Euro 2000.
But despite that history being on the line, Elyounoussi says he would look forward to a clash against his club team-mates.
“It would be amazing if Norway was to play Scotland for a place at Euro 2020,” he told the Daily Record.
“We’ve already been talking about that among the boys at Celtic.
“But we need to beat Serbia first in our semi-final and then see what happens.”
There would be some great battles in a Norway-Scotland clash
So Celtic’s Scottish contingent could have to battle their way past two Celtic infiltrated international sides on their way to Euro 2020. Israel could be lying in wait again for Steve Clarke’s men and that would mean the likes of Nir Bitton, Hatem Abd Elhamed and former Celt Beram Kayal returning to Hampden.
You wonder what kind of impact playing these major games would have on club morale. We’ve all heard the stories of unrest in the England camp between Raheem Sterling and Joe Gomez, after a falling out during a competitive club clash. That proves that tensions can run high between team-mates, especially in important clashes.
But it would be really exciting to see some of Celtic’s stars facing each other in a big match. Who doesn’t want to see James Forrest running at Kristoffer Ajer or Mohamed Elyounoussi and Ryan Christie scrapping for a ball in the midfield?
As long as there were no injuries, we’d be all for it.