Mo Elyounoussi more than capable of making up for ineffective Celtic derby debut

By John Reid

October 10, 2020

It is fair to say that Mohamed Elyounoussi didn’t have the best of Glasgow derby debuts. Signed too late to feature in the 2-0 win at Ibrox, he made his first appearance against Rangers in the Betfred Cup Final in December.

It was his first game back after a foot injury, and unfortunately he only lasted 45 minutes in the game, as he struggled to make an impact and didn’t seem to be fully fit.

He was very poor on the day, and it was disappointing that one of Celtic’s flair players was so quiet. You can’t really blame the player for wanting to play in such a big game, but maybe Elyounoussi came back from injury too soon.

Admitted he shouldn’t have played in cup final

Indeed, as reported by 67HH in February Elyounoussi admitted that he shouldn’t have played in the cup final.

Mohamed Elyounoussi celebrates vs Hibs (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The final was a great one for Celtic fans as the Hoops won 1-0, but it wasn’t for Elyounoussi as his foot injury flared up, and he was out of action until February.

As a result of that injury he missed Rangers’ 2-1 win at Celtic Park in December. A game that he could have been more than useful in had been fit.

Now Elyounoussi’s injury issues are over, and he can more than make up for his ineffective derby display of 10 months ago.

Where could he play in starting line-up?

It will be interesting to see where Elyounoussi plays if he starts for the Hoops. With Ryan Christie set to miss out due to self-isolating, maybe he could take his place in the starting line-up. Play in a second striker role so to speak.

Elyounoussi vs St Johnstone (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

He’s done it before for the Hoops, and with success. Look at his winning goal in the 1-0 victory over Riga. That came from a run into the penalty box from Elyounoussi.

Last season’s derby display against Rangers wasn’t the real Elyounoussi. The one who had been tearing up the league prior to his foot injury.

Now he is fully fit, ready to go, and more than capable of causing Rangers all kinds of trouble. It is time to see the real Mohamed Elyounoussi against Rangers next Saturday.

In other news, Neil Lennon wants to see more credit given to the Celtic defence.