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ELYOUNOUSSI ‘HAPPY TO REPAY’ LENNY

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MOHAMED ELYOUNOUSSI has admitted he is focusing completely on success with Celtic and refuses to discuss his long-term future.

The Norwegian international forward arrived on a season-long loan from Southampton in the summer and has been in sparkling form with seven goals in 10 games.

He stole the show in the 5-2 Betfred League Cup semi-final win over Hibs at the weekend where he grabbed a double, set up two for Scott Brown, hit the post and generally had a field day at the national stadium.

Elyounoussi’s impact has brought a demand for the eight-in-a-row champions to make the switch permanent for the Morocco-born left-sided raider who cost the Saints £16million when he arrived from Swiss outfit Basel in the summer of 2018.

The 25-year-old fell out of the first-team picture at the south coast club after Mark Hughes was sacked as manager, but has reignited his career in Glasgow.

Elyounoussi, who is getting prepared for tomorrow night’s Europa League Group E confrontation with Lazio at the Olympic Stadium in Rome, has insisted all talk of his future must remain on the back-burner while he concentrates on the business at hand.

He told the Daily Record: “I haven’t thought about what is going to happen in the future. All I think about is what is going to happen in the next training session and then the next game. I never look too far ahead.

“When the season is finished I will sit down and look at all of my options, but right now I am just happy to be here and playing for Celtic.

“I think I need to focus on the here and now and not the future or the past.

“After everything I have been through in the last 12 months and not playing at Southampton, it makes me appreciate what I have even more. It makes winning semi-finals and playing in Europe even more special for me.

“I really appreciate how often the gaffer has played me since I have arrived and that belief he has in me. I am happy to repay him by scoring some goals and having some assists.

“I think over the next few months I can get even better. I think with the coaches we have here then I am confident I can get stronger. I came here to get some minutes and to try to help the team win some silverware.”

 

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