Report: Latest on Celtic's Elyounoussi and where Southampton stand on his future

By David Walton

April 6, 2021

Southampton will make a decision on Mohamed Elyounoussi after they’ve had a look at him in pre-season, according to the Athletic.

Elyounoussi is currently at Parkhead for the rest of the season in a season-long loan sting. It’s been a rollercoaster of emotions for him after previously spending a first year-long spell in Glasgow last season. Moi was part of Celtic;s historic quadruple-treble winning side, but has been inconsistent in large spells this term.

So far this season, the Norwegian has bagged 15 goals and six assists in 39 matches [Transfermarkt]. Not a bad return given the complexity of the campaign.

However, the Athletic believes that Southampton want to have a look at him this summer. The fact that he’s two-footed could also give him a boost with Ralph Hasenhuttl lacking that kind of quality in his squad.

And the Saints boss will reportedly use pre-season to gauge where he’s at. A decision which would suggest there will be no swift return to Parkhead ahead of our own campaign.

Celtic will be working throughout the summer to get their squad ready; Mohamed Elyounoussi would be an ideal addition

Irrespective of who the new Celtic manager is, the job this summer is long. Yes, we will have Champions League qualifiers as early as June. But it’s wishful thinking to hope that we’ll largely have our squad complete or even ready by then.

The English Premier League doesn’t start until August 14th next season. That means that Southampton will have plenty of time to decide whether or not Elyounoussi is part of their plans. But that could take right up until August for the St Mary’s side to make a decision.

Worryingly, that could be decided after all of our European qualifiers next year. This summer, our final Champions League qualifier, should we make it that far, would see us kick off on August 2nd. That’s nearly a fortnight before the EPL kicks off their own campaign.

Celtic’s Mohamed Elyounoussi (Photo by Trond Tandberg/Getty Images)

So for now, Celtic may have to move on from Elyounoussi. It’s not inconceivable to imagine a scenario in which we go for him after the season starts. Celtic have often worked right up until deadline day to bring new signings to the club. After all, Moi arrived last season after all of our European qualifiers.

But we can’t bank on him at the moment. And if Saints really are going to have a look at him in pre-season, there’s no chance we’ll have him signed up before those vital matches. Therefore, any new manager needs to ensure he has a plan A for the left-wing that doesn’t involve Moi.

Hopefully, however, this remains a deal we’ll be able to get done not long into next season. Elyounoussi has proven himself to be an asset worth having this season.

In other news, the TV details for Celtic’s trip to Ibrox have been confirmed.