Exclusive: Jackie McNamara reacts to 'Exciting' Celtic transfer development


Jackie McNamara has tipped Mohamed Elyounoussi to enjoy his time on loan at Celtic thanks to the Hoops’ domination of possession in domestic games.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Celtic and Scotland international claims that a move from Premier League side Southampton, who were battling relegation last season, to the treble-treble winners could help him rediscover his best form.

The 25-year-old has signed a one-year loan deal at Parkhead, having struggled for game time over the last seven months at St Mary’s.

McNamara says that his arrival is good news for the squad depth available to Neil Lennon and that the winger could flourish in a side who are regularly in possession of the ball.

Asked if Celtic fans should be excited by the Southampton loanee, McNamara told Football Insider: Yeah, it’s exciting. He’s obviously not hit the ground running there which is why he’s been put out on loan.

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“Sometimes that happens, a change of scenery might suit him going to Celtic where they’ve got most of the ball in a game, especially domestically, whereas Southampton in the Premier League they’re looking at not having the ball much and looking for counter-attacks.

“(Competition) is a good thing, they’ve got the options. It’s about the team rather than an individual. Neil will be happy with the squad, it looks a lot stronger.

Elyounoussi only played 19 times for Southampton across all competitions last season, featuring just once in the Premier League between the 24th of February and the end of the season.

He arrives at Celtic Park with 11 games of Champions League and seven matches of Europa League experience under his belt, the Hoops hoping to progress from the group stages of the latter this season.

In other Celtic news, Football Insider can reveal that Neil Lennon is planning an emergency option after he was struck with an injury crisis.