By Alan Hutton

10th Jan, 2020 | 7:00am

Exclusive: Hutton tips Celtic to sign 'great player' after his £7m reported price drop

Alan Hutton believes Celtic may splash the cash on signing attacker Mohamed Elyounoussi from Southampton after his price tag dropped by £7million.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former Scotland international revealed he thought Elyounoussi is an exciting player as gets bums off seats and lifts the crowd when playing.

It was recently reported that Southampton would be willing to sell the winger to the Hoops if they pay £9million for his services.

Elyounoussi is currently on loan at the Hoops and Hutton admitted he could see the club potentially doing a deal for him as they have spent big money on players before and it had worked out.

Hutton then quickly added that the deal may solely come down to how Neil Lennon views Elyounoussi and whether he believes he is worth keeping for the future.

When asked whether Celtic should sign Elyounoussi with his price tag only £9million despite Southampton paying £16m, Hutton told Football Insider: “I think if they’re gonna drop the price that much…it depends how Celtic view him.

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“Is he…do they see him for the future or just for the meantime? It’s up to Neil Lennon.

“But I rate him very highly as a player and I think it would be a good price for him, he’s still young, he’s a very talented boy, he gets bums off seats, he lifts the crowd and he’s done excellent since he went there.

“He’s had a couple of injuries, but he’s still a great player.

“For a Scottish team, £9million is still a lot of money, Celtic have been there and splashed that type of money before, and it’s obviously worked out for them.

“I can potentially see them doing the deal, but it’s a difficult one as it’s still a lot of money for a Scottish team.”

The 25-year-old winger has played 13 times for the Hoops this season, racking up seven goals and five assists in the process.

Elyounoussi only joined Southampton from FC Basel in July 2018 and his Saints contract still has a long time left to run on it as it doesn’t expire until 2023.

In other Celtic news, Jackie McNamara raved about a Hoops yet that Lennon is likely to snub.