Celtic attacker Mohammed Elyounoussi is loving life in Glasgow, speaking about his delight in walking about the city and interacting with supporters this week to The Celtic View (11/03, page 23).
The winger is spending the season on loan at the club from English Premier League outfit Southampton, who signed him for a mammoth reported £16m fee less than two years ago (The Telegraph).
During his time at the club, he hasn’t quite managed to become a prime regular pick in Neil Lennon’s starting eleven, but that hasn’t dampened his enjoyment of the whole experience.
In fact, he’s relishing his time in Scotland.
As quoted by The Celtic View (11/03, page 23), he said: “From day one, fitting in has been easy. The boys in the dressing room are amazing, so it was easy to fit in there.
“I like the city as well. I live quite close to the town centre, so it’s been nice to enjoy that.
“Whenever I go for a walk in the city I can feel the positivity from the Celtic fans. They only ever talk positively to me. Now, all I want to do is repay them by helping Celtic win more trophies.”
His comments suggest he’d be more than happy to extend his stay at Celtic Park beyond his current temporary deal, though there are many factors in play that might make that difficult.
At this stage, he may not even have proven he’s worth a multi-million-pound move on a permanent basis.
Injuries and fitness problems have seriously hampered his season.
With Neil Lennon also opting to field a 3-5-2 formation that the Norwegian international doesn’t quite fit into, can we justify his signing, even if he’s enjoying himself and he has undoubted talent?
He has just over two months to prove he can become a consistently big performer for us.