Mohamed Elyounoussi is out to prove his doubters wrong at Celtic after his last-gasp winner against Riga FC on Thursday night, The Herald reports.
The Norwegian international was our Europa League hero in Latvia, netting in the dying moments of the match to send Neil Lennon’s Bhoys through to the playoff round of the competition.
Despite being a starter in the early stages of the season, the attacker has been reduced to substitute appearances throughout September following the manager’s formation change.
To see him make an impact off the bench in Europe was excellent and there could be a clamouring for him to start more matches going forward.
Elyounoussi’s spell out of the team is, naturally, not something he is particularly happy about.
However, he refuses to whine or moan and instead just wants to prove the manager wrong with good performances.
The winger has also revealed Lennon spoke to him privately, assuring that he will play plenty of games throughout the 2020/21 season despite his recent benchings.
As quoted by The Herald, Elyounoussi said: “There is nothing to be frustrated about. I take it as a challenge to prove the manager wrong and to prove people wrong. The best way to do that is to talk with your feet by coming into the team and contributing.
“Of course, like everyone else, you want to play in every game, but there isn’t anyone who can say I’m not being professional and working hard and I don’t think anyone can say I didn’t deserve the goal.
“Either you can get frustrated, you don’t care anymore and you go around being sad. Or you take the other choice to work hard and try everything. For me, there is only one option. It’s the second one.
“The manager has said to me that I am going to play matches and not to worry about that, but, like I said earlier, every player wants to play in every game.”
The 26-year-old is clearly intent on making his mark at the Hoops on loan and that attitude should serve him well.
Trying to stand out in such a talented squad is difficult, especially when team performances are lacklustre overall.
However, it’s clear that Elyounoussi has the talent to succeed in Scotland.
His latest comments suggest he has the attitude and determination too.