"Yes please"; Elyounoussi report has Celtic fans looking for summer move

By David Walton

February 10, 2021

The prospect of bringing Mohamed Elyounoussi back to Parkhead in the summer has certainly caught the imagination of Celtic fans.

The Southampton-owned left-winger is spending the season in Glasgow on a second consecutive loan spell. And, despite the campaign generally being a disastrous one so far, the Norwegian has certainly added some moments of quality.

For long spells this season, Moi was our top scorer. That was until Odsonne Edouard overtook him with his brace at Kilmarnock last week. Before that, it was Moi leading the way with 13 goals and six assists to his name [Transfermarkt].

Yet even so, there is still a feeling that Moi can bring more. Neil Lennon has regularly used the winger this term, so he hasn’t been found wanting in terms of opportunities. He’s made 31 appearances already this campaign and it’s only February. 19 of those matches have seen him play for over an hour.

However, too often in games does he seem to go quiet. He’s the kind of player who can do nothing all game or come out and be man-of-the-match. There’s almost no in-between. Moi either has a disappointing performance or a standout one.

A permanent deal for him has never looked likely throughout his two loan stints here. Given Southampton splashed out £16million to sign him [The Telegraph], it’s always looked speculative.

Subject of Elyounoussi on a permanent deal has seen many Celtic fans change their minds

At differing stages of his time here, the mood surrounding his future has changed. A good run of form and he’s a fan-favourite. A poor run of form and he’s not wanted for the summer rebuild.

However, with Football Insider reporting that he could be available for £5million in the summer, that’s certainly got supporters believing it would be worth a punt.

But what has to be remembered is that we’re all looking for major changes at the end of the season. Elyounoussi can’t be forced on a new manager. Any structural change at Celtic will likely include a new team in the dugout. They’ll have to want the Norwegian before we actually go making any move to bring him back permanently.

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

You then have the prospect of whether Moi would even want to return. Let’s face it, we haven’t been a good sell this season for any of the loan stars. At the start of the month, the player refused to be drawn into talk over his future [Daily Record].

In recent times there hasn’t been much of a clamour to get a deal done permanently. However, with a reportedly major valuation drop, it’s gotten fans back onside again.

Here’s a look at how they responded to the Football Insider report:

In other news, a baffling defence has been put forward for a shocking Celtic flashpoint on Saturday.