Alan Hutton has been left raving over the recent form of Celtic winger Mohamed Elyounoussi and says such talents can give both the fans and the squad a boost.
The former Aston Villa and Scotland international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the Southampton loanee has got his career back on track after a difficult spell on the south coast, impressing for Neil Lennon’s men since his move.
The 25-year-old, who is on a season-long loan at Parkhead, failed to score or create an assist in his 19 appearances for Southampton but has already netted three goals and contributed a further two assists in his six outings for the Hoops.
Hutton says that Elyounoussi is already proving why the Bhoys sought to secure his signing over the summer and that he possesses the ability to lift the spirits of everyone at the Glasgow giants.
Hutton told Football Insider: “He’s a very good player. He made a move to Southampton and sometimes it doesn’t work out the way you want it to at the start. He’s obviously taken the chance to leave and get game time, which he has and prove to everybody what he can do.
“He must be really pleased with how his career has moved on to this part and he’s doing well. I always knew, playing at right-back, if I had a winger in front of me who could do a little bit of magic, it doesn’t just lift the crowd, it lifts the squad as well.
“Maybe within the team you’re having a bad moment, you can give it to these sort of players and they can do something out of the ordinary, get you out of a sticky situation. He’s one of those players.”
Elyounoussi, a 24-cap Norway international, signed for Southampton from FC Basel in 2018, having scored 23 goals and notched up 30 assists for the Swiss side.
He has been battling with the likes of Ryan Christie, James Forrest and Mikey Johnston for a place in the Celtic starting XI, playing the full 90 minutes in the club’s last two Premiership clashes.