Mohamed Elyounoussi proved why Celtic should sign him on a permanent deal during his impressive performance against Livingston last weekend. 

That’s according to former Celtic forward Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Elyounoussi’s immediate future after a significant update.

The Athletic report that Elyounoussi will return to Southampton this summer where Ralph Hasenhuttl will assess the player’s suitability for his side.

The report also stresses that Elyounoussi could be sold to raise transfer funds with Southampton struggling financially through the coronavirus pandemic.

Football Insider revealed that his value is set to drop to around the £5million mark in the summer window.

McAvennie was convinced that Celtic should complete a permanent deal for Elyounoussi after his goals against Livingston last weekend but urged the club to get the financial details right.

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“He had an outstanding weekend and scored great goals. I had my doubts about him but he’s shown what he can do,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“He blows hot and cold but he brings Celtic a better balance when he’s out on the left. He comes in and scores goals but by and large he gives you width. 

“There’s no doubting he’s a good player, it just depends how much Southampton want for him or if they’d give us another loan because he obviously won’t get a game for Southampton. 

“He’s happy at Celtic and another loan deal won’t bust the bank. I’m not sure he has a future at Southampton. 

“He enjoys it up here and if the money was right I’d keep him, he proved that he’s worth it at the weekend. I’d take a chance on him.”

Elyounoussi, 26, has spent the last two seasons on loan at Parkhead and notched up 14 league goals in 40 appearances.

As quoted by the Glasgow Times, Hoops defender Greg Taylor revealed the dressing room would be “very happy” if he stayed beyond this season.

In other news, a pundit is worried by a potentially ‘devastating’ Celtic player development pre-Rangers.