Elyounoussi still giving nothing away on Celtic future; no clamour from fans to sign him

By David Walton

January 31, 2021

Mohamed Elyounoussi refused to touch on his Celtic future, as he still isn’t giving anything away on where he’ll be playing next season.

Elyounoussi is currently at Parkhead on his second consecutive loan stint. Moi has netted 14 goals for the Hoops this season [WhoScored]. However, despite being the club’s joint top scorer, it still feels as though he’s flattered to deceive.

The Norwegian international has made 32 appearances this season. But for large spells he’s been anonymous, and was again disappointing in yesterday’s 2-1 home loss vs St Mirren. Given Moi initially cost Southampton £16million [The Telegraph], there’s no clamour these days from Celtic fans to splash the cash on him.

Even so, Elyounoussi stated that he feels his time with the Hoops has made him a better player. However, as he closes in on two consecutive years on loan in Glasgow, he wasn’t committal in where he would be playing next year.

As quoted by the Daily Record, Moi said: “Honestly, I haven’t really thought about the future. I’m just thinking about the here and now, what is ahead of me.

“There’s been ups and downs here for me at Celtic but overall it’s been a really good experience. I wanted to come here to become a better player and I think I have.

“The players I play with and the coaching staff make me better, so it’s been positive. Obviously, I wanted to have better results this season but we’ll keep fighting.”

Elyounoussi and Celtic haven’t clicked; Parkhead future looks unlikely

There are so many factors to take into consideration when it comes to a potential third Celtic spell for Elyounoussi. The first being whether the player actually wants to come back. Moi has refused to be drawn into his future at any point during this second loan spell. That could tell it’s own story as he tries not to put himself in a difficult situation.

Secondly, however, should Celtic change managers, it could be that he can get the best out of Elyounoussi. I personally refuse to believe that the player isn’t a talent. He has a proven track record with Basel and at the highest level of European football. He has something that hasn’t been unlocked this term, but many will have lost patience with him by now.

Mohamed Elyounoussi celebrates for Celtic at Livingston / (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Thirdly, there’s whether Celtic can even afford the Norwegian. Given the outlay splashed out by Saints on his signature, Moi is going to be anything but cheap. It’s difficult to justify breaking the bank for him given his struggles this season.

And then you have the prospect of whether Southampton even want to sell him. Like Moi, they’ve hardly been open about where they stand on his future. Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl did state he could fight for his place come pre-season, but this was back in October [Daily Record]. Maybe they’ve also had enough of his time being spent in Glasgow.

So a return here next season can’t be totally dismissed just yet. But there are so many potential hurdles for it to actually come to pass. Moi here sounds like he’s summing up his time at Celtic in a fashion that leads to him staying down south or moving elsewhere.

Not that too many Hoops fans will be crying into their pillows if that’s the case. All parties have most likely had enough of each other by now.

In other news, a Euro club has confirmed that a Celtic loan player has tested positive for Covid.