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INSIDE MAN ELYOUNOUSSI

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MOHAMED ELYOUNOUSSI has become Scotland’s inside man as Steve Clarke’s side prepare for the vital Euro Play-Off Final against Serbia in Belgrade tomorrow night.

The Norwegian international has passed on detailed information to his Celtic team-mates Callum McGregor, Ryan Christie, Leigh Griffiths and Greg Taylor before the most important international game for the country since they won through to the World Cup in France in 1998, the last time they made an appearance in the finals of a major tournament.

Kristofffer Ajer has also discussed ways of overcoming the Serbians who knocked out Norway in the semi-final with an upset 2-1 extra-time win in Oslo last month.

Elyounoussi, who claimed a superb hat-trick in the champions’ 4-1 victory over Motherwell at Fir Park on Sunday, told the Daily Record: “Norway did not have our best match when we played them.

“But Kris and myself have experience of playing against them and we know how to hurt Serbia.

“I will give my team-mates that information. It will be a tough match because Serbia are a very good team and they have some great players, some very talented individuals.”

Elyounoussi added: “Can Scotland win? Anything can happen because it is a play-off final. I think Serbia has a lot of experience and I would have to say that they are the favourites to get to the Euros.

“But Scotland are looking strong at the moment and they are on a very good run of form. I would be so happy for Callum, Ryan and everyone if Scotland can win and go to the Euros.

”I will have the opportunity to watch the game and I will be cheering Scotland on.”

The on-loan Southampton forward will line up for Norway tonight against Israel in a friendly outing where he is likely to face Parkhead colleagues Nir Bitton and Hatem Abd Elhamed.

Ajer, who limped off with a recurrence of a groin injury against Well, will sit this one out, but could return for his country’s UEFA Nations League matches against Romania in Bucharest and Austria in Vienna.

 
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