MOHAMED ELYOUNOUSSI has escaped punishment after his mobile phone gaffe on Thursday night.

The Celtic forward was caught on TV checking his mobile while sitting in the stand after being substituted in the 4-1 Europa League Group H flop against Sparta Prague, as CQN reported.

It looked as though Elyounoussi, who had been the two-goal hero the previous week in the 2-2 draw with Lille in France, had incurred the wrath of his manager.

Neil Lennon was told about his player’s actions during the live interview following the collapse against the Czech Republic outfit. Understandably, his reaction did not bode well for Elyounoussi.

However, the Parkhead gaffer has accepted the left-sided attacker’s explanation, has accepted his apology and there will be no further action taken over the incident.

Lennon, speaking to the Sunday Mail, said: “There’s no issue with Moi. He’s already come out and said he was just checking results.

“I will take his word for that. He’s a very conscientious player, a great lad. So, there’s no fall-out from that.

“There will be no punishment, absolutely not.”

Elyounoussi, in fact, could get the nod to start the crucial High Noon encounter against Motherwell at Fir Park where the nine-in-a-row champions realise a victory is an absolute MUST.

They go into the match nine points adrift of Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox outfit although they have two games in hand. The Govan side have a home meeting with Hamilton Accies later in the day.

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