NEIL LENNON hailed two-goal Mohamed Elyounoussi after Celtic’s 5-2 Betfred League Cup semi-final triumph over Hibs at Hampden last night.
The Moroccan-born Norwegian international put in a Man of the Match performance as the Hoops stretched their winning sequence in domestic Cups to an amazing THIRTY.
Lennon saw skipper Scott Brown score two in one game for the first time since achieving the feat against St Mirren in 2014 and Callum McGregor added the other as the holders cruised through to the Final on December 8.
And the victory left the Parkhead men within one game of their TENTH successive trophy on the home front.
Elyounoussi’s two first-half strikes took the on-loan star’s haul to seven goals in 10 games, including four in the last three.
Lennon, speaking to BBC Sport, said: “What you’re seeing now is the player Southampton spent £16miliion for.
“That is his best performance since he’s come in. His intelligence on the ball, link-up play and fitness levels are incredible.
“We’re delighted he’s making us better and we’re delighted we’re making him better.”
Lennon added: “We were breathtaking today from start to finish. We should have scored more – we hit the post twice, their keeper made some great saves. We were absolutely scintillating.
“The team is functioning so well and they’re a joy to watch. It’s a brilliant semi-final win. These fixtures aren’t easy and the players have handled the scrutiny and expectation brilliantly.”