Lennon thrilled with Celtic's Elyounoussi but regrets missed counter-attack opportunities

By John Reid

October 30, 2020

Neil Lennon was naturally delighted with Mo Elyounoussi’s performance for Celtic against Lille, but his one regret was that the player didn’t take a shot on goal when leading counter-attacks in the second-half, the Daily Record reports.

Elyounoussi scored both of Celtic’s goals in the 2-2 draw, his first goal in particular was a superb curling effort into the corner of the net which gave the goalkeeper no chance.

However, a few times in the second-half Elyounoussi led Celtic counter-attacks and didn’t seem eager to take a shot on goal. Instead, he preferred to set up a teammate. Lennon wishes that the player had been more selfish in those situations and taken a shot on goal himself.

“Wish he had pulled the trigger”

“He was absolutely tremendous. Moi scored two beauties. The first is a pearler. I just wish he had pulled the trigger second half on the counter-attack when it opened up for us on two occasions” Lennon said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

It did seem a bit odd that Elyounoussi seemed to want to set up his teammates for a shot on goal when on the counter-attack when you consider that he had performed so well in the first-half.

Still, it is hard to be critical of the player overall. It was probably his best performance yet in a Celtic jersey. He worked well with Albian Ajeti, and gave Lille plenty to think about as his intelligent play caused them all sorts of problems.

Hoops might have found player’s best position

It seems that Celtic might have found Elyounoussi’s best position.

Celtic players celebrate a goal by Elyounoussi (Photo by DENIS CHARLET/AFP via Getty Images)

That is, playing off the main forward in a ‘second striker’ role so to speak. That might change when Celtic opt for a different formation. However, for now the Norwegian looks to have cemented his place in the team going forward.

It is now up to the player to keep up this level of consistency. If he can do that, Celtic could have a great player on the books.

In other news, Albian Ajeti’s contribution to Celtic’s performance shouldn’t be overlooked.