Mohamed Elyounoussi is confident that the rigours of a busy international week won’t affect his performance against Rangers, the official Celtic Twitter account reports.
The Norwegian played 90 minutes for his national team against Northern Ireland on Wednesday, then travelled back to Glasgow on Thursday. However, he doesn’t think playing in midweek will make an impact on how he does against Rangers. Indeed, the player believes he will have ‘fresh legs’ for the game.
“We’ve done everything”
“I played 90 minutes on Wednesday with my country, travelled yesterday, but by tomorrow I’m certain I’ll have fresh legs. We’ve done everything to be prepared, that won’t be a problem” Elyounoussi said, as quoted by the official Celtic Twitter account.
🗣️ ME: "I played 90 minutes on Wednesday with my country, travelled yesterday, but by tomorrow I’m certain I’ll have fresh legs. We’ve done everything to be prepared, that won’t be a problem." #CELRAN
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) October 16, 2020
A lot of Celtic’s players have just returned from international duty. It will probably affect each player differently. However, it is good to see that Elyounoussi sounds so confident that he will he fit and raring to go to take on the Ibrox side.
It will be interesting to see if he gets the nod to start the game from Neil Lennon. If he does, he might well find himself as the second striker, partnering either Leigh Griffiths or Albian Ajeti.
Has been effective as second striker
That seems to be the position that suits Elyounoussi most. He has been effective there already for Celtic this season, such as in the win in Europe over Riga.
Therefore, instead of playing two strikers Neil Lennon might well opt for a kind of 3-5-2 with one natural striker and one support striker.
Of course, if it doesn’t work out then the Hoops boss can make a change and bring one of the many strikers he has at the club off the bench. Patryk Klimala, for example.
Still, Elyounoussi sounds like he is a man who is ready to put on a performance against the Ibrox team. Who wouldn’t bet against him running into space between the defence and attack and rifling the ball into the back of the net?