In the excitement surrounding Celtic’s recent 2-0 win over Rangers, and the end of the transfer window, a recent Hoops signing seems to have gone under the radar.
The signing of Mohamed Elyounoussi on a loan deal from Southampton for the rest of the season is a bit of a coup for Celtic.
Signing a player who cost his parent club £16 million is not something that should be forgotten about, or glossed over.
Elyounoussi has a very good pedigree. He was excellent for both Molde and Basel, in his time at both of those clubs.
Could make debut after international break
It will be interesting to see if the player makes his Celtic debut against Hamilton after the international break.
With Mikey Johnston out injured, Neil Lennon has the chance to give the player a debut. It might be a gamble to do that due to Hamilton’s artificial pitch.
But, it should be remembered that Elyounoussi’s loan deal does not have an option to buy at the end of the season.
Therefore, Elyounoussi should be used as often as possible by the Hoops in his time with the club. It would also make sense to give the player some time on the pitch before the start of the Europa League.
May feature in Europa League
You would imagine that Elyounoussi will feature for Celtic on a regular basis in Europe. He may have been tempted to join the Hoops with the promise of playing in the Europa League.
Celtic have a variety of attacking players in their squad. It will be intriguing to see where he fits into the Celtic style of play.
It is an exciting prospect for the Celtic support. The team are in good form at the moment. They could get even better if Elyounoussi turns out to be an excellent signing. Perhaps fans will get to see the attacker in action for the first time against Hamilton.