Three simple words from Neil Lennon this week have delighted some Celtic fans.
“Elyounoussi is back,” the manager told reporters this week, as quoted by The Herald.
That means he could be named in tonight’s match squad for the visit to Motherwell, whether in the starting eleven or on the substitute’s bench.
Elyounoussi hasn’t featured for the club at all since early December when he was rushed into the team to face Rangers in the Scottish League Cup final.
His fitness that day didn’t hold up and he’s been missing ever since.
The Norwegian international, who is on loan from Southampton for the season, was an important part of our early season form.
He managed to score seven goals and assist six times in just 13 appearances from the left-wing, adding a potent threat to our attack.
With Mikey Johnston now injured for a number of months and Scott Sinclair having left the club, he’s needed more than ever to give Lennon tactical flexibility.
While it seems unlikely he’ll be thrown right into tonight’s starting eleven, an appearance from the bench would be very welcome to help the player get back up to full match fitness.
With our match schedule not getting any lighter over the coming weeks, he could well be needed to add fresh ideas to Lennon’s team.
These fans are certainly excited about seeing him in action, taking to Twitter to share their thoughts over the last 24 hours…
elyounoussi back in the squad 🥰
— lil hoopy (@bertolagr) February 4, 2020
Elyounoussi back in squad👌 moving forward, if we stick with this formation I can maybe see griff getting squeezed out up top and elyounoussi playing with eddy… know it might be harsh but elyounoussi & eddy are on same wavelength
— wyatt (@wyatt7777777) February 4, 2020
Was unplayable in that semi final
— jamesMc33 (@Mc33James) February 5, 2020
Quality player hopefully stay injury free from now on
— jack (@penecelt) February 4, 2020
Thank thee Lord 🙏
— NickNick (@NN19741810) February 4, 2020
Now that is good news.
— Sometimes Too Bloody Honest Abe. (@44_warwick) February 4, 2020
Hopefully we can keep this guy fit, hes class
— Ryan Cruickshanks (@Ryan4of) February 5, 2020
Best Celtic news all year so far!
— Shaun McDonald (@Shaunymac04) February 4, 2020