Jackie McNamara says that Celtic loanee Mohamed Elyounoussi is showing signs he could be worth a big-money transfer as the Hoops explore a potential permanent deal.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Hoops and Scotland defender says the winger has come on leaps and bounds at Parkhead since joining from Southampton over the summer.

As revealed exclusively by Football Insider, the Hoops have held talks with the Premier League side over taking the Norwegian international to Parkhead on a permanent deal, the Saints looking for between £8-10million for his signature.

With the club’s record spend standing at an estimated £9million for Odsonne Edouard, McNamara says it would be a hefty outlay if the club were to get Elyounoussi on board but that he is showing signs of being worth the money.

McNamara told Football Insider: “So far, so good, I think he’s came on from the start, he’s improved and improved but it’s still a lot of money for Celtic. The highest has obviously been £9million for Edouard which has shown to be a great purchase.

“It’s one they’ll look at if he, hopefully, keeps progressing. He’s got attributes there that seem to be getting stronger and more confident in that position. 

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“He’s a strong runner, he’s quick and he’s very confident now.” 

Elyounoussi has a total of 12 appearances under his belt for the Hoops so far, scoring seven goals and contributing a further six assists in attack.

He failed to contribute anything of note in his 19 Southampton outings, while he has 24 caps to his name for Norway.

In other Celtic news, Football Insider can deliver an update on the status of Marian Shved after his lack of appearances this season.