Moi Elyounoussi opens up on his "only regret" from Celtic spell

By John McGinley

October 22, 2021

Moi Elyounoussi says his only regret from his Celtic days is not scoring against Rangers with fans in attendance.

Elyounoussi found the net with a diving header for the Bhoys, facing Steven Gerrard’s side at Celtic Park last season in a 1-1 draw.

However, it was played behind closed doors and the occasion was a fraction of what it should have been with 60,000 people in attendance.

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The Southampton attacker told The Guardian he wished he could have experienced the joy of a derby goal with Celtic fans roaring him on: “When you score in an empty stadium, it’s like scoring in a garden.

“It is so quiet and you do not actually feel anything. That was my only regret. It was a shame I couldn’t feel it [the atmosphere]. We played in a Scottish League Cup final against Rangers and it was electric. The pitch was shaking. It was something I never had before.”

However, he has also credited the Bhoys with helping him improve as a player, telling the paper: “It helped me get better at things I was not as comfortable with, maybe going in [for] 50-50s where you normally see a foul in another league and the opponent gets a yellow card but here the ref just looks at you like: ‘No, come on, get up.”

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Elyounoussi has found renewed purpose at Southampton since returning from his Celtic loan. He’s now making regular appearances for the Saints, starting five of their last six English Premier League matches.

The Norwegian international has also scored four goals and assisted twice, but three of those efforts came against lower league Newport County.

Still, he’s well placed to make a bigger Premier League impact. It’s nice to see him doing well after impressing for Celtic and becoming popular with our supporters.

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