Youssouf Mulumbu is off the mark for Kilmarnock after bagging a goal and assist against Hamilton Accies yesterday.
The Congolese midfielder had just returned from international duty with DR Congo – qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations in the summer.
And, as he continues to build a bit of momentum, Mulumbu was instrumental to Killie’s success yesterday. He powered home Kilmarnock’s third emphatically, after setting up the first with a beautiful diagonal pass for Greg Taylor.
It’s only Mulumbu’s fifth appearance for Killie since his January loan move. Three of those have come against Rangers, and he looked off the pace in two of them.
However, perhaps there’s now a bit of momentum building for the midfielder. His successful week with DR Congo was followed up with a superb individual display for Killie. There could be some confidence finally building in the former West Brom star.
Needs a strong end to the season
The only way Mulumbu can forge a future at Parkhead is by ending the season strongly ahead of pre-season next term. He only has one more year on his contract at Celtic, after arriving last summer and playing only three times.
Kilmarnock have already convincingly secured their place in the top six. Therefore, Mulumbu still has a chance to impress against the top sides in the country before the end of the season.
He’ll likely come up against the likes of Rangers, Aberdeen, Hearts, and Hibs before the season ends. Some impressive displays against those sides and it could turn a head or two at Parkhead.
But Mulumbu has struggled for confidence and consistency all season. He’s ridiculously low in the midfield pecking order at Celtic. At 32-years of age also, youth also isn’t on the Congolese man’s side.
His goal, assist, and general all-round display is more of the Mulumbu of last-season. That’s the player Celtic signed last summer and hoped he would be in green-and-white this term.
As it stands, it’s difficult to see a Celtic future for Mulumbu. But all he can do is look to end the campaign strongly and turn some heads before pre-season. If he doesn’t, he can forget about any route back in Glasgow.