Former Celtic defender Vidar Riseth has urged the club to go all out on the signing of Mohamed Elyounoussi this summer after an impressive debut campaign in Scotland on loan, The Daily Record reports.
The Norwegian international scored seven goals and created six assists in 20 appearances for the Hoops on loan from Southampton despite having injury problems throughout (Transfermarkt).
Still training with the club ahead of the expiration of that deal with Saints, Celtic are currently in negotiations to extend his stay in Scotland,
Riseth reckons the attacker would be a fantastic permanent signing and has spoken to him regularly about his spell at Celtic.
It’s good news for those hoping the player is here for our ten-in-a-row push.
As quoted by The Daily Record, he said: “Moi would be a great signing for Celtic. He’s a top lad. He trains hard as he is determined to be a better player. It says a lot that he is still training at Lennoxtown rather than going back to Southampton.
“I speak with him a lot and we had a good chat when I was in Glasgow earlier this year. He is really happy at Celtic – he loves it.
“You could see he was enjoying his football again when he went to Celtic. He was playing with a smile on his face. That is important for a player – that’s when you are at your best.
“He is the kind of important signing that can help win the league. If Celtic got him on a four or five-year deal there is no way they would lose out in the long term.”
Tying down Elyounoussi would certainly be a crowd-pleasing move on Celtic’s part.
There’s still a feeling that the former Basel man hasn’t quite reached his peak in green and white, so having the opportunity to see his full range of skills next season again would be a major boost.
Hopefully there would be no repeat of his injury struggles and he could really show what he can do.
Thankfully it sounds as if the attacker would be just as keen to leave Southampton for good, so hopefully the financials of the deal work in our favour over the coming days and weeks.