In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, former Celtic striker John Hartson has had his say on Mohamed Elyounoussi, who got his Bhoys career off to the perfect start by picking up a crucial assist on his debut last weekend.
The Norway international joined the Glasgow giants on a season-long loan deal at the end of August following a difficult first season in English football with Southampton – managing only eight starts inthe Premier League – and manager Neil Lennon threw him straight into the starting XI against Hamilton at the weekend.
The 25-year-old played from the left wing and set up the winning goal for James Forrest in a 1-0 victory, and Hartson was clearly impressed with what he saw from the former Basel man.
Speaking exclusively to FFC, he said: “I think he’ll be a great signing for Neil Lennon, he’s got that bit of quality in the final third. He’ll be a valuable asset for Celtic no doubt about that.”
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The former Wales international went on to add that he believes a player clearly low on confidence at St Mary’s is now working under the perfect person in Lennon, because of the attributes he brings as a manager.
“Neil Lennon’s good at that. He’s good at putting players in that maybe lost their way a little bit, showed some promise and then just lost their way, and then Neil’s great at bringing them in for Celtic and giving them confidence.”
Hartson is right, and a real man-manager and motivator could be just what Elyounoussi needs to turn his fortunes around having often been left out of the matchday squad completely at St Mary’s last term.
Lennon is more than capable of doing that, and Celtic could quickly reap the rewards as a result.