Noel Whelan has ripped into Mohamed Elyounoussi for his lack of consistency at Celtic this season.
The former Aberdeen and Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has insisted the 26-year-old can be a “great player” but that he needs to start delivering on a weekly basis.
The Norway international stole the limelight against Lille on Thursday night with two superb goals in the Bhoys’ 2-2 draw, while he also netted in the 3-1 defeat to AC Milan.
However, he has just one goal in 10 Premiership appearances this season, eight of which have come in the starting XI.
Whelan insists that Elyounoussi can become a standout star for Celtic but that Neil Lenon will be frustrated at how inconsistent a performer he has been so far.
Whelan told Football Insider: “You’ve got to find that consistency in your performances, at the minute it’s one on, one off and I think everybody needs to rally around now and try and push people that little bit harder.
“We know he’s a great player, he’s gone and shown that against a great outfit in Europe away from home. His biggest problem is trying to emulate that week in, week out for Celtic.
“If he can do that, then you’ve got a great player on your hands. Sometimes you don’t want players that are going to be passengers, especially players that can dictate a game and the outcome of a win – he is definitely one of those.
“He has got his next challenge which is to emulate that performance in the next performance and throughout the rest of the season.
“If he doesn’t, Celtic will be tearing their hair out and wondering why this player can’t be a consistent performer in every single game.”
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