Our View: Derby performance could decide Elyounoussi's Celtic future

By John Reid

March 7, 2020

Now that Celtic have played St Mirren, and defeated the Paisley side 5-0, attention is set to turn to next Sunday’s Glasgow derby against Rangers.

A win for the Hoops against their biggest rivals would all but secure nine in a row for Neil Lennon’s side. Also, a good performance in a derby can also be the making of a Celtic player’s career, and that could well be the case for Mohamed Elyounoussi.

A season of two halves

It has been a season of two halves for Elyounoussi since he arrived at the Hoops on loan from Southampton.

He was excellent in the first-half of the season before picking up a foot injury, and since returning from the injury he has not looked the player he was.

Celtic attacker Mohamed Elyounoussi (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

However, there is still time for Elyounoussi to prove his worth as a player, and perhaps persuade the Hoops to sign him on a permanent deal at the end of the season.

That could happen should Elyounoussi turn in a match winning display against Rangers, should he be selected for the game.

He has only managed to play 45 minutes against Rangers this season due to injury, and will be eager to make up for lost time.

Asking price has reportedly been named

Now, it should be remembered that the Daily Record reported in January that the asking price for Celtic to sign the player permanently was £9 million.

The player’s performances after the winter break do not lend themselves to Celtic paying that sum of money. However, a performance against Rangers could change all that.

Mohamed Elyounoussi celebrates scoring for Celtic / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Should Elyounoussi turn in a match-winning display then there will be a demand for Celtic to sign the player on a permanent contract at the end of the season.

Only time will tell if that happens, but Elyounoussi is certainly more than capable of all but winning a Glasgow derby almost on his own. Interestingly, he was left out of the starting line-up to face St Mirren, perhaps in order to keep him fresh for the trip to Ibrox.

Should Elyounoussi be the man of the match at Ibrox, then Celtic could have a big decision to make.

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