Alan Hutton has suggested there may have been a “fallout” between Mohamed Elyounoussi and Neil Lennon at Celtic.
The former Ibrox star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted he saw a rejuvenated Elyounoussi in the 1-1 draw with Rangers on Sunday afternoon.
The 26-year-old showed great determination to get ahead of Filip Helander and plant his diving header past Allan McGregor for the opening goal of the game.
The Southampton loanee’s last start under Lennon came back in late January and he featured as a substitute in the Northern Irish manager’s last six games in charge.
However, the Norway international has now started twice in three games under interim boss John Kennedy.
Hutton has admitted there may have been a falling out between the pair and suggested Elyounoussi is enjoying a new lease of life with Lennon gone.
Asked if he thought Lennon’s exit had given Elyounoussi some more belief, Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Possibly. That can happen. I think players and managers can have a break down within the team and things don’t quite go their way.
“Maybe the manager doesn’t pick the player and they have a fallout. Anything could happen. I think on a Sunday Elyounoussi and Edouard linked up very well. They had that bit of magic spark between them.
“They knew where each other were going to be, they were doing stepovers, playing one-twos. The pair of them looked really good as a two. You could be right, he could have a new lease of life under Kennedy.
“He’s just putting him out there, wanting him to play, do his thing on the pitch and not really hold him back. I think he had a good game, so did Edouard. They linked up very well and it just proves that with a goal.
“Edouard with a great cross and Elyounoussi showing that desire to get on the end of it. It was a great diving header and great movement inside the box to get that space.”