By Frank McAvennie

13th Oct, 2020 | 6:44pm

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Frank McAvennie expects Mohamed Elyounoussi to be one of “a few players” to leave Celtic next summer after it was reported Southampton want the winger back.

The former Hoops and St Mirren striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, expects the Hoops would want to sign the 26-year-old permanently next summer if it was an option.

The Athletic claim that the Norway international will be given another chance to impress Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl when he returns to the club next summer.

He is enjoying a second successive season-long loan at Parkhead, his 12 appearances to date in the 2020/21 campaign have yielded four goals and three assists in all competitions.

Elyounoussi has three years remaining on his contract at Southampton, having arrived in a £16million deal from FC Basel in July 2018.

When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on Elyounoussi’s long-term future, McAvennie said: “Listen, he is a fantastic player.

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“I think Celtic will want to sign him permanently next summer.

“He will be on decent money at Southampton and if they want him back it is difficult for Celtic.

“Elyounoussi is a good player, he scores goals but I would not be too concerned about him going back next year. We have got him for this season and I think he will love it.

“If he moves on, he moves on. I think there will be a few players moving on next summer, whether they win the 10 or not.”

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