Celtic will “definitely” try and sign Mohamed Elyounoussi permanently this summer after he starred against Livingston.
That is the view of 2000 European Golden Shoe winner Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 26-year-old’s future at Parkhead.
Elyounoussi scored a brace on Saturday as the Hoops warmed up for next weekend’s trip to Ibrox with a 6-0 thrashing of Livingston.
The Norway international has contributed 15 goals and six assists in 39 appearances during his second season-long loan spell with the Bhoys.
Football Insider understands Southampton could make Elyounoussi available for as little as £5million this summer.
When asked if Celtic would try and sign the forward permanently at the end of the season, Philips told Football Insider: “Definitely.
“If Celtic want to challenge next season I think it would be in their interest to sign Elyounoussi permanently.
“He is a player who knows the club, he is settled, can score goals, so why would you not push the boat out and try and sign the player?
“Let’s not forget that there will be crowds back in that stadium next year. It’s an incredible place to play so I would imagine he’d like to stay.
“From a Celtic point of view, it is a no-brainer for me. Go and get him signed. Get it sorted out early and then you can go and concentrate on other areas.
“He has proven he can score goals in Scotland and Celtic will need him next season if they want to challenge for the title.”