Mohamed Elyounoussi on start to life at Celtic

By David Walton

September 18, 2019

Mohamed Elyounoussi’s start to life in Glasgow has been pretty low-key, but it’s certainly been exciting for the Celtic supporters.

The man who cost Southampton £16million (The Telegraph) when they signed him from Basel last season had lost his way. He came to Celtic with just 19 appearances with Saints under his belt. And his year-long loan stint will hopefully see him rediscover the form that earned him his Premier League move in the first place.

The Norwegian international made his Celtic debut in the 1-0 win over Hamilton on Saturday. He managed to bag an assist after just four minutes, and looked lively in the first half in particular.

Mohamed Elyounoussi signed for Celtic on a one-year loan deal (Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)

Yet, as he spoke about what lured him to Parkhead in the Celtic View (Volume 55, Issue 11, Page 23), Elyounoussi also stated he wasn’t pleased with his own debut performance.

“I’m delighted to be playing football now. That’s why I came here to Celtic. I wanted to play football with a big club. The manager believes in me and gives me the confidence I need.

“I’m happy that I’ve been able to give him something back with an assist. I’m not really happy with my performance though. I felt I could have done more, so I will look at my performance to improve on all of the parts I wasn’t satisfied with.

“There’s more to come from me. I feel the next couple of weeks will be really important. I’ll get to know the players more and they’ll get to know me.”

Nothing wrong with Mohamed Elyounoussi’s Celtic start

He’s perhaps just being overly-criticial, but there certainly wasn’t much wrong with Elyounoussi’s Celtic debut. After all, his last game at club level was on May 4th, so you could understand any rustiness.

And there certainly was some rustiness. The Norwegian international may have bagged an assist, but there is no denying he faded out of the game the longer he went on. With a bit of luck, that’s mostly just down to a lack of game-time.

Elyounoussi arrives at Parkhead with good pedigree (Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

But right now, Elyounoussi has the jersey. With Mikey Johnston injured, nobody is in his way when it comes to who starts against Rennes on Thursday. Scott Sinclair, Mikey Johnston, and Jonny Hayes don’t look in a great place to push him.

It’s a match where the left-winger could really announce himself as a Celtic player. Celtic need all of their attacking stars to be on fire when they get a chance to express themselves in France.

Is the Norwegian set to start in Rennes? (Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)

But there’s a real confidence from the support in what Elyounoussi can add to us this season. His price-tag makes him an instantly excitable signing for the fans.

It’s a boost that he feels he can offer more. What we saw in flashes of him at Hamilton, however, bodes well for the rest of the season.