Our View: Elyounoussi return can make up for Celtic failure to add winger
Celtic’s transfer deadline day business was a bit of a damp squib in all honesty. The Hoops failed to add another signing to the two that have already been made, and the club didn’t sign a winger, even though they tried to.
Sky Sports (Live blog, 31/01 16:42) reported that the Hoops approached Newcastle’s Christian Atsu about joining the club on loan.
However, just over an hour later Sky Sports (Live blog, 31/01, 17:46) reported that the player rejected the move and decided to stay at Newcastle.
The failure to add a winger is annoying, especially after Mikey Johnston picked up an injury in the recent win over St Johnstone.
However, the return of one player from injury can make up for the lack of signings. That player is Celtic winger Mohamed Elyounoussi.
Badly missed by team
Elyounoussi has been badly missed by Celtic in the almost two months he has been out of action. It should not be forgotten how important he was to the team before he picked up his foot injury.
He would have been a more than useful player to have in the side when the Hoops faced Rangers in the league in December, a match which the Scottish champions ultimately lost.
He was a key man for Celtic in the Betfred Cup semi-final win over Hibs, scoring two goals, and he has managed to score seven goals in his 13 games for the Hoops so far.
It is just a pity that he picked up an injury and has been out of action for so long, when you consider that he is on a loan deal and might not be at Celtic Park next season.
However, the good news is that he is set to be on his way back to the first-team sooner rather than later. The Scottish Sun reported that the player was set to return to first-team training on Friday (31st of January).
Elyounoussi’s return will almost be as good as a new signing for the Hoops, especially if he can recapture the form that he showed before he was injured.
A bonus if he is involved in difficult away trip
It will be interesting to see when he will be able to return to the side. The game against Hamilton on the artificial pitch is too early.
However, it would be a bonus if he was in the squad for Wednesday night’s trip to Fir Park against Motherwell. That could be a tough game, and the Hoops will need all of their best players available.
No matter when he returns, it can only be considered good news that the Hoops attacker will be in action sooner than later.