Mohamed Elyounoussi should not play for Celtic until after winter break

By John Reid

December 20, 2019

It is noticeable that Celtic loanee Mohamed Elyounoussi has not featured for the Hoops since playing only the first 45 minutes of the Betfred Cup Final.

He went into that game having just recovered from a foot injury, and he once more have that injury, as Neil Lennon confirmed before the recent game against Hearts that he might be out of action for a while.

That is very disappointing news for the Hoops, as Elyounoussi has been a key man for the Hoops. In his short time as a Celtic player, he has contributed seven goals and six assists in only 13 games.

Would have wanted to make up for poor derby performance

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He would no doubt have wanted another chance to play Rangers, who the Hoops take on next Sunday, to make up for his poor performance in the Betfred Cup Final.

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However, Neil Lennon should not consider playing the attacker in any of Celtic’s three fixture before the winter break. It is better to give the player a rest, so that he can fully recover from his injury.

That will only benefit the player, and hopefully the winter break will do him good, and he can return firing on all cylinders when Celtic return to action against Partick Thistle in the Scottish Cup.

Hoops have players to replace attacker in short-term

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The Hoops also have the players to replace Elyounoussi in the team in the short-term. If Mikey Johnston can shake off his injury issues, he is an ideal candidate to feature in the team.

There is also the possibility of playing James Forrest in his position on the left of midfield. That is not Forrest’s normal position, but he contributed an assist from there in the midweek 2-0 win over Hearts.

It is a shame that Elyounoussi’s injury has come at such a vital time in the season. He could be on double figures for goals if not for that. Still, it is better for the player that he gets fully fit than returns to the line-up quickly. Neil Lennon will know that, and will do the right thing for the player and the club.