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.
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:
elyounoussi is such a legend
— uma (@umawrnkl) August 18, 2020
Get that man a song
Mohamed Elyounoussi 💚
— carol o'connor Ajeti 🔟ℹ️aR 💚🏴😘 (@carolk23) August 18, 2020
Elyounoussi oustanding tonight
— Greg (@GregHunter_) August 18, 2020
Great play from Celtic especially Elyounoussi that bhoy is going to make the difference between winning and losing
— chrismac1888 (@chrismac1888) August 18, 2020
Elyounoussi putting in the miles the night he’s everywhere 🏃♂️💨
— S L (@ess0411) August 18, 2020
Elyounoussi shuttin up any dafty who couldnae see he was a pler there, some game fae him, he's different class and looks back tae his best. ElHamed also a pler, solid for me as well! Quality fae Celtic, still no 100% sure about Klimala yet but good tae see a bit more of him
— Alan Feechan (@AlanFeechan) August 18, 2020
Mohamed Elyounoussi has to start every game. Class act.
— Steven M F Quinn (@StevieMQuinn03) August 18, 2020
Elyounoussi and Elhamed were absolutely class this evening 👏🏼👏🏼
— 𝓐𝓶𝔂𝓵𝓮𝓮 (@_amylee_mains_) August 18, 2020
Yasss! Elyounoussi will be a big player for us this season 🙌🔥🔥
— Pretty_Green_Eyes (@Caramac_67) August 18, 2020
Elyounoussi’s movement is superb. Will be a nightmare for defenders to track
— Lewis 🍋 (@LewisLaird01) August 18, 2020
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.
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.