By Noel Whelan

9th Nov, 2020 | 4:00pm

'He's The One' - Exclusive: Pundit names the only Celtic player Lennon can count on

Celtic attacker Mohamed Elyounoussi is “in the form of his life” and the “one player” Neil Lennon can count on, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Aberdeen and Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, hailed the “fantastic” 26-year-old following his recent performances for the Scottish Premiership champions.

Elyounoussi scored a hat-trick yesterday as the Hoops bounced back from a disappointing midweek defeat against Sparta Prague with a 4-1 thrashing of Motherwell at Fir Park.

The Norway international’s 18 appearances this season have yielded 10 goals and four assists, a significant increase already on his seven goals and six assists from the 2019/20 campaign.

Despite Neil Lennon rotating his team heavily over the past month, Elyounoussi has established himself as a mainstay in the side, starting the last five league games and the last two in the Europa League.

When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of the Southampton loanee’s performances of late, Whelan said: “I think he is in the form of his life.

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“He looks as if he is really enjoying his time there, even though it has been a mixed bag in terms of results recently.

“He is one player that has been very consistent for Neil Lennon of late, and he can count on.

“It was fantastic that he got on the scoresheet again and great that Celtic got back to winning ways in what was a very tricky game after a disappointing defeat in Europe in midweek.”   

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