Mohamed Elyounoussi has said that the Celtic players are finally back smiling again after a short period of uncertainty.
Neil Lennon’s departure a fortnight ago led to some questions regarding where the club will go between now and the end of the season. Whilst there is no news or hints at who the new manager or director of football will be next summer, the fans have a clearer view of where we stand for the next few months.
It looks almost certain that any major changes will come at the end of the season. In the mean-time, John Kennedy will be taking interim charge until the end of the campaign. At the very least, supporters and the players now have a fairer idea of when key decisions will be made.
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And Elyounoussi has revealed that the uncertainty post-Lennon has finally been wiped away as the smiles have returned to training.
Speaking at a press conference via Celtic TV, Moi said: “I wouldn’t say much has changed at training. We still work hard on the training pitch. Kendo has been doing a really good job, there’s a lot of positivity and the boys are smiling again after a period of uncertainty.
“He’s not changed much, he’s come in with his ideas for new things but not much. There’s a lot of positivity, we’ve had a good week of training and we’re looking forward to the game on Sunday. There was a couple of days where there was a change and we didn’t know what was going on. But after everything was cleared up and Kennedy took over, he came in with a good vibe and brought some positivity onto the pitch.
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“We take one game at a time. Winning the remaining games is our goal and we take it from there. We can always improve and learn from the past and improve for the next one. There are still a lot of points to play for and we go into every game to win it.”
Elyounoussi could be one of many Celtic players due to depart in the summer. Let’s face it, we’ve hardly been the best sell for any of our loan players if we were hoping to entice them for the long-term. And vice-versa too.
However, Celtic still look set for a decimation of their squad come the end of the campaign. Elyounoussi, even if he’s inconsistent, surely won’t fancy another move back up north. Not with the state our club is in.
And there will be plenty thinking along those lines too. That’s why so many of these players will now be pleased with the clarity between now and the summer. So many of them will be heading out the door. They don’t particularly need to preoccupy themselves with the long-term vision of the club.
Even so, we still have a job to do between now and the end of the season. Winning all of our remaining fixtures remains essential for the pride of the club. It’s absolutely imperative that we don’t end the campaign as whipping boys covered in wounds ahead of the summer.
Laying down our mark and winning the remaining two derbies, for example, is certainly worth doing. Even if many of these players still see their long-term futures away from Celtic, they have a responsibility. We should still expect their all to take us into the summer with at least some modicum of hope.
With Kennedy seemingly having a positive dressing-room influence, we’ll see whether that’s reflected on the pitch.