Mohamed Elyounoussi's performance vs KR Reykjavik leaves Celtic fans purring

By David Walton

August 19, 2020

Celtic fans were left drooling over a stunning individual display from winger Mohamed Elyounoussi last night.

Elyounoussi bagged his first competitive goals of the season in the comfortable 6-0 rout of Icelandic champions KR Reykjavik. The Norwegian was a key instigator as the Hoops breezed into the second qualifying round of the Champions League.

Mohamed Elyounoussi celebrates scoring for Celtic / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

On-loan Southampton man Elyounossui showed tremendous control to put Celtic 1-0 up early on, before sliding a fine finish home in the closing seconds from a low Olivier Ntcham cross.

The exciting playmaker was tidy throughout, and the Celtic supporters certainly weren’t holding anything back in their reviews of his performance. Here’s a look at some of that fan reaction:

A decent starting point

Elyounoussi was quiet on the opening day of the season against Hamilton, and was then even more anonymous at Rugby Park the week after. Taking that into account, you could say he was fortunate to even start last night.

However, he’s created a very solid base for himself after that performance. In addition to his two goals, Moi could’ve had even more.

Reykjavik simply couldn’t deal with his movement and quick feet. On multiple occasions, Elyounoussi jinked inside and fired efforts in on goal that were either blocked or stopped by KR’s goalkeeper Beiter Olafsson.

Celtic star Mohamed Elyounoussi / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

His movement was also a constant problem for KR. How often did we see Elyounoussi demand a long diagonal in behind the Reykjavik defence? Moi and Greg Taylor were doing it all night, and the Icelandic champions couldn’t cope.

However, there has to be more to come from the Southampton-owned star. He’ll likely be in the team when Celtic travel to Tannadice to face Dundee United on Saturday, and another positive impression there is a must.

But for now, it’s fair to tip your hat to the former Molde and Basel star. What he showed last night bodes well for the coming months.

In other news, a Ligue 2 club who were linked with a move for Boli Bolingoli have instead signed an alternative.