Celtic will bide their time before making a decision on whether to sign Mohamed Elyounoussi on a permanent deal at the end of the season, Football Insider can reveal.
The winger, 25, made an almost instant impression at Parkhead but a foot injury sustained in November has hampered his chances of making an unarguable case for the Hoops to convert his loan into a full-time deal.
A Celtic source has told Football Insider that Neil Lennon is a massive admirer of Elyounoussi and would jump at the chance for him to join permanently.
The northern Irishman is in no doubt about the Norway international’s a
But the Hoops hierarchy want further proof of the attacker’s durability and capability of being a force throughout a Scottish season.
This comes after Football Insider revealed in November that Southampton value the left-sided attacker, who they signed from Basel in the summer of 2018, at between £8-10million.
That would mean a discount on the £16m fee paid by the Premier League club 18 months ago.
But it would still represent Celtic virtually matching the club-record £9m spent on Odsonne Edouard two summers ago.
The Scottish champions’ hopes of a deal will ultimately come down to their budget and the price.
Elyounoussi has scored seven goals and supplied six assists from 15 matches for Celtic, and was the first choice on the left side of the attack before injury struck.
This comes after he struggled to make an impression in his debut Saints campaign, failing to register a single goal or assist in 19 appearances
In other Celtic news, Alex Bruce has revealed he’s told his Dad to take Hoops player to Newcastle United.