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CELTIC WILL ‘WIN THE TITLE IN THE END,’ INSISTS DEFIANT ACE

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DEFIANT Mohamed Elyounoussi insists Celtic can turn around their season and go all the way and make history by winning their tenth successive title.

The Norwegian international left-sided attacker, who is in the midst of his second loan spell from Southampton, is convinced the Hoops will get back on track after their recent awful form.

Neil Lennon’s side have won only two of their last 12 games, shipped 28 goals in the process and slipped 13 points adrift of Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox outfit. On top of that they have gone out of three competitions in three months – the Champions League, the Europa League and the Betfred League Cup.

It makes for grim reading and the nosedive has brought angry protest from fans who have cried for the manager’s head while also berating the board.

As the team prepare for tonight’s meaningless Europa League Group H finale against Lille at Parkhead this evening, Elyounoussi, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “We have a 100 per cent belief in ourselves and in the cause, our plan and in everything we do. I’m sure our fans are behind us in both the good and the bad times.

“Now the results aren’t there and I understand they are disappointed, but, in general, we have everyone behind us. The fans are passionate and they should be, when you win then everything is great and it’s not when things are bad and that’s how it should be.

“I’m really confident and really believe we are going to turn things around and win the title in the end.”

Elyounoussi is also adamant under-fire boss Lennon can cope with the storm of criticism that is coming his way and stressed the dressing room is united behind the Irishman.

He added: “We, the players, are 100 per cent behind him and the rest of the coaching staff. I really feel bad for him on a personal terms. Of course, everyone is looking at him for everything, but it’s a team sport. We, as players, can improve and we know we should have done better.

“We are all in this together. We win as a team and we lose as a team.

“I feel for him as he is Mr Celtic. He’s been here for a long time as a player and now as a manager. He’s won a lot of things and is a legend here, so I really feel for him as it must be hard for him when people are saying things.

“But, in the end, he’s a tough guy and he can handle it and he’s handling things really well and we as players are 100 per cent behind him, as well.

“As a player, you deal with it by coming in each morning, working hard and trying to get better.

“That’s how it should be. We just have two get back on track, work hard and try to change that.”

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