Exclusive: Lennon tipped to axe Celtic 26-yr-old v Ferencvaros
Alan Hutton has tipped Neil Lennon to replace Mohamed Elyounoussi with James Forrest in the Celtic starting XI against Ferencvaros.
The former Rangers and Scotland full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, suggests that the Scotland ace could be preferred after the Norway international’s inconsistent form recently.
Elyounoussi netted twice against Reykjavik last week but is yet to contribute a goal or assist in the Premiership this season.
Forrest meanwhile was benched for the trip to Dundee United, although he did play 28 minutes as a substitute.
Hutton believes that the 29-year-old could be back for another knock-out tie against the Hungarian outfit at Parkhead and that his 26-year-old teammate could be the one to drop out.
“I think Elyounoussi’s been a little bit up and down since the start of the season, hasn’t he?” Hutton told Football Insider.
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“He’s not really had his best performances so I would guess Forrest would come back into the fold and play up in attack, possibly ahead of him.
“They’ve got plenty of options – Ajer could come back in – so Lennon’s got a few headaches which again, which we’ve said before, are good headaches.”
Elyounoussi has started on the left wing in all three of Celtic’s league games, as well as their one European tie, this season.
He returned to Parkhead this summer to spend another season on loan after he scored seven goals and contributed six assists last term.