Celtic winger Mohamed Elyounoussi has addressed questions about a permanent stay in Glasgow beyond his current loan deal, broadcaster STV report.
The Norwegian international moved to the Bhoys from Southampton during the summer transfer window and has rapidly made himself an integral part of Neil Lennon’s side.
He was in devastating form this weekend, scoring twice in a 5-2 rout of Hibernian at Hampden. The contribution helped send Celtic through to the Scottish League Cup final.
Perhaps inevitably, questions from reporters after the match quickly turned to his future.
Elyounoussi was smart to dodge a direct answer, claiming he hasn’t given the issue much thought. However, he did admit he is loving life at the club currently.
As quoted by STV, he said: “I’m really happy to be here at the moment and we’ll see what’s going to happen in the end.
“I’m enjoying it. I came here to get more minutes.
“I have a good manager and good coaching staff around me as well as the players so I enjoy it at the moment. I came here to score goals and to help the team and win more titles. It’s maybe beyond what I expected.”
Celtic should go all out
Signing players from English Premier League teams is never easy. That’s especially true in Elyounoussi’s case, who signed for Southampton for a reported fee of £16m (BBC).
Although he failed to make any meaningful impact at the Saints, he’s still a valuable asset that they won’t want to let go cheaply on the transfer market. If his form for Celtic continues, that value will increase.
He’s scored seven goals and assisted five more in just ten appearances this season.
If there’s a possibility to do a deal for Elyounoussi then Celtic must go all out to get him. He’s proving to be quite the talent.
In recent transfer windows Celtic have shown they’re willing to invest in the right talent. Odsonne Edouard and Christopher Jullien both arrived for fees beyond what we’ve generally paid out in years prior.
At 25, Elyounoussi is still young enough to have resale value if that helps the club make a decision. However, it’s the potential for many years of excellent play on the left wing that’s exciting fans.
He’s already demonstrated he can compete at domestic and European level for the Hoops, if he’s open to a move in the future then we most throw our hat in the ring.