NEIL LENNON has revealed it is too early to think about making Mohamed Elyounoussi’s loan move a permanent deal.

The Celtic boss, though, has admitted he is delighted with the introduction and contribution of the Southampton forward.

The Moroccan-born Norwegian international joined the English outfit last summer in a £16million switch from Swiss outfit Basel, but found it difficult to fit in at the south coast club.

However, Elyounoussi has hit the ground running in Glasgow with four goals and three assists in eight appearances so far.

He is also set to face Hibs in the Betfred League Cup semi-final at Hampden this evening as the Hoops aim to continue their silverware domination of the domestic scene after winning nine out of nine in the past three years.

Lennon gave an update on the player’s situation to the Daily Record when he said: “He’s not done enough, but he’s done very well.

“Again, we’re talking about affordability here, he’s not our player.

“We’re grateful to have him. It’s worked out very well so far, we’re delighted with the contribution he’s making and the way he’s playing.

“He’s brought an added dimension to the team. But whether or not a permanent deal can be done down the line, I can’t answer that at the minute.

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