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ON-LOAN CELT’S TITLE FEAR

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MOHAMED ELYOUNOUSSI fears his dreams of ending the campaign on a high are in jeopardy.

The Morroco-born Norwegian international forward is due to return to Southampton after his season-long loan to Celtic.

Elyounoussi admits he will be GUTTED if the SPFL call a halt to the Premiership this month which looks likely with the UEFA ready to make a huge decision on the conclusion of European leagues at a meeting tomorrow.

In the midst of the worldwide lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Hoops, leading by 13 points with only eight games to play, will inevitably be awarded a well-merited ninth successive crown.

However, Elyounoussi wanted to savour the flag triumph on the pitch before returning south.

The left-sided raider, speaking to the Scottish Sun, said: “I still have three years left of the contract with Southampton.

“I want to show a better side of myself than I have done. I hope I can go back and fight for a place next season.

“But at the same time, I really want to finish the season at Celtic and win the league.”

Elyounoussi has endured a difficult spell at Parkhead, but doesn’t regret his temporary switch to Scotland.

He added: “I’ve had injuries, but it’s been a very nice time in Celtic, especially after how things were going in Southampton.

“It’s a very strange situation. The plan was a holiday in late May, before I meet for pre-season with Southampton.

“But now I don’t quite know what will happen.”

Elyounoussi netted seven goals in his 20 appearances for the Hoops and claimed the spotlight with his two-goal show in the 5-2 Betfred League Cup semi-final over Hibs at Hampden in November.

He also played in the first-half of the silverware shoot-out with Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox side the following month, but had to be replaced at the interval after suffering a reaction to a foot injury.

The exciting attacker picked up his first medal following Christopher Jullien’s second-half matchwinner.

 
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