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Celtic must axe Mohamed Elyounoussi for Hibs clash

It would be foolish to admit that the sun is shining for Celtic again.

The Hoops may have won 4-0 against St Johnstone in midweek but there is a long way to go before the atmosphere surrounding Parkhead improves.

Karamoko Dembele’s emergence has been timely but this has still been a crushing trophyless season for the Bhoys.

On the chalkboard

Celtic’s final game of this arduous campaign will be against an ever-improving Hibernian side on Saturday.

Jack Ross has been one of several managers tipped with a move to Paradise but, with a deal for Eddie Howe reaching a conclusion, he will presumably stay at Easter Road.

One individual who will be heading away from Scotland, though, is Mohamed Elyounoussi.

Should Celtic pay £5m for Elyounoussi?

No chance!

No chance!

Of course!

Of course!

The Norwegian’s second loan spell in Glasgow will come to an end after the clash with Hibs and, if we are to be ruthless, he should never play for the club again.

Those may seem like harsh words for a player who is their second top scorer this term. Elyounoussi has rattled the back of the net on 17 occasions, but his form towards the latter stages of the campaign has been dismal.

The winger is tricky and difficult to stop on his day but he defines the very essence of enigmatic. He is too inconsistent and, in his last 15 outings, he has found the net just three times.

He scored twice in the 6-0 rout of Livingston but since then he has been abject at best. Elyounoussi missed a simple opportunity to score against Rangers in the Scottish Cup but his league form has arguably been even worse.

The forward rescued his performance against Aberdeen with a late assist for Leigh Griffiths but beyond that, it was a shoddy evening.

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We'll start with an easier one, who is this Celtic academy player?

Unfortunately, he failed to provide the goods in the 4-1 defeat to Rangers and also didn’t produce much against St Johnstone last time out.

In his last three league matches, Elyounoussi has lost the ball an alarming 44 times. He surrendered possession every four touches against St Johnstone and provided just the solitary key pass despite his team being in the ascendency.

What makes that statistic even more worrying is how few dribbles he has completed. The Norway international has produced five in his last three games, which isn’t a disastrous tally but nonetheless suggests that the 26-year-old is losing the ball through sloppy passing and inaccurate crossing.

Elyounoussi has been one of the most productive players in this Celtic team but, with a £5m fee being touted, Dominic McKay and co should be waving farewell to him for good this summer.

Considering that the Norwegian has no future at Paradise, John Kennedy has to drop him on Saturday afternoon.

AND in other news, McKay must wield the axe on 5 ft 11 Celtic liability, Lennon once dubbed him “stupid”…

Article title: Celtic must axe Mohamed Elyounoussi for Hibs clash

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