Celtic attacker Mohamed Elyounoussi has told Rangers that the Bhoys will ‘destroy’ them during the next derby meeting between the two sides, The Daily Record report.
Neil Lennon’s Bhoys beat the Ibrox side 1-0 last week at Hampden to lift the Scottish League Cup, but there’s been a recognition we were well below our best on the day.
In truth, it’s a derby we could have easily lost if not for the heroics of Fraser Forster.
Elyounoussi was a pretty poor performer on the afternoon but has claimed that was because of his fitness problems.
He now thinks the Scottish champions can easily beat our visitors at Celtic Park in the big derby at the end of the December.
As quoted by The Daily Record, he said: “When we meet them again we’ll destroy them. There are more titles to win this season so we need to refocus.
“Rangers were strong in the final and they were on the front foot. We grew into it in the second half. But it wasn’t my best game. I hadn’t touched the ball for weeks.
“I wasn’t satisfied with my performance and I’ll try to be fitter for the Old Firm league game.”
A media faux-pas?
There’s an argument to say Elyounoussi should do his talking on the pitch, along with the other Celtic players, rather than give Steven Gerrard’s side any extra motivation.
However, if the Norwegian international feels as if he hasn’t shown his best, especially in such a big match, then he’s more than entitled to make that clear.
We didn’t play well last week and Rangers still couldn’t find a way to beat us. Elyounoussi is right to set expectations that we’ll be much improved in the upcoming league match.
Claiming that we’ll ‘destroy’ our visitors might be a bit strong, you can never really predict this fixture, but it’s not as if we don’t have a track record of doing exactly that over the last few seasons.
The most important thing is, if he plays, that Elyounoussi backs up his words with a quality display. If he does that, this interview will look prophetic rather than over the top.