By Alex McLeish

30th Mar, 2021 | 6:00pm

McLeish tips Elyounoussi to be dazzling in Celtic training after Lennon exit

Mohamed Elyounoussi must be dazzling John Kennedy in training after returning to the Celtic XI, according to Alex McLeish.

The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 26-year-old had been given a new lease of life following Neil Lennon’s exit.

The Southampton loanee has started two out of three games during Kennedy’s interim reign so far.

He opened the scoring in the 1-1 draw with Rangers with a well-taken diving header.

However, his last league start under Lennon came back at the end of January.

He then made just six substitute appearances before the Northern Irish manager stepped down last month.

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McLeish claimed Kennedy would have given Elyounoussi and other out-of-favour players a clean slate at Parkhead.

He also suggested the Norway international was back enjoying his football.

“When a new manager takes over, he wipes the slate clean,” McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.

“I know that the players have been working with John Kennedy before under Neil Lennon, but the first thing he would say is: ‘Guys, clean slate. I’m not judging anybody on the past.

“‘It’s what happens now. Impress me in training and show desire and willingness to play for this team and give 100% everything in training.’

“He’s probably seen little things like that. Elyounoussi’s got a decent name coming up on the loan deal.

“His frontline movement last week was great and the collaboration with Edouard was tremendous. Elyounoussi looked a very dangerous player in that game.” 

In other news, Frank McAvennie has been left baffled as Aberdeen plot another reported Celtic approach.