Celtic winger Mohamed Elyounoussi has seen his game-time limited recently, but he undoubtedly showed up well against Aberdeen yesterday.

Moi was selected to take part for the final 25 minutes yesterday after again failing to make the starting XI. It’s the seventh consecutive game in which the Norwegian has failed to start.

However, he was far from the worst as he threatened to spark Celtic back into life in the closing stages.

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He showed some neat footwork to get away from Dons defenders and seemed to take up a spot on the left-flank in front of Diego Laxalt. Neil Lennon had too often been featuring him up top as part of a strike-pairing and at times as a number 10. But he showed how comfortable he was operating down the left under John Kennedy.

Moi got into some promising positions in the final third thanks to his footwork. However, the cutting edge that was generally missing all day from Celtic was also lacking in the substitute.

Celtic chances returned after Mohamed Elyounoussi introduction vs Aberdeen

He had replaced the ineffective Patryk Klimala, who, despite getting into some good areas, failed to score two glaring opportunities. Not that Elyounoussi’s introduction led to Celtic banging in the goals, but he added a touch more potency.

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The ball also stuck with him extremely well. The on-loan Southampton winger managed to keep the Dons on the back-foot in the closing stages and played some key passes which helped launch counter-attacking opportunities.

It was, at the very least, good to see Elyounoussi actually in a game. Too often this term he’s been anonymous, despite his 13 goals in 36 appearances [Transfermarkt]. That wasn’t the case yesterday – he looked eager to impress.

Mohamed Elyounoussi celebrates for Celtic at Livingston

Mohamed Elyounoussi celebrates for Celtic at Livingston / (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

But it was what it was – 25 minutes. He’ll be disappointed that he didn’t add to his direct goal contribution haul yesterday, especially with how the game opened up.

Yet he’ll take plenty of satisfaction from what he gave Celtic in the closing stages. It remains to be seen if this will lead to a return to the starting line-up again for the first time since mid-January.

Here’s a look at how many in the Celtic support viewed his performance:


In other news, David Turnbull has disclosed the private Neil Lennon chats that led to his Celtic impact.

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