Thanks to goals from Odsonne Edouard and Diego Laxalt, Celtic managed to scrape a point from their recent meeting with Hibernian in the Premiership. The former’s penalty pulled a goal back when the home side were 2-0 up, but the left-back popped up with a last gasp goal to split the spoils.
However, a draw isn’t good enough for the Hoops. As it stands, they trail to Rangers by eight points and Steven Gerrard’s side are still to play Aberdeen this weekend. Celtic’s inconsistent run of form only continues to suggest that they will lose out on the title this season.
A lot of Neil Lennon’s players were poor on Saturday, with Scott Brown receiving some personal criticism from his manager, but one man who had a surprisingly lacklustre game was Mohamed Elyounoussi.
The Southampton loanee has been one of Celtic’s best performers this campaign. He has been unstoppable in front of goal and a real thorn in the side of oppositions defenders, tallying ten goals and four assists across all competitions so far and pulling the Bhoys through some tough fixtures.
But Hibernian on the road just wasn’t his day. According to Sofascore, the 26-year-old only managed to complete 21 passes before he was hauled off the pitch after 72 minutes. Elyounoussi struggled to find his usual attacking form and lost the ball 21 times as well as failing to complete 58% of his attempted duels.
Additionally, he was unable to muster up a single shot on target or key pass. He looked a shadow of his usual fiery self and whilst it might just be a blip on the radar, it won’t be helping Lennon’s nerves. There’s been a lot of talk over whether the Northern Irishman will be given the sack from the club.
Chris Sutton thinks that whilst dismissing Lennon after the Hibs draw would be too rash, the decision could be coming if the Bhoys continue to struggle in Europe.
This is where the boss will need key players like Elyounoussi to step up their game. Not just to give Celtic a better chance at winning the league, but giving Lennon a better chance to keep himself in a job.