Celtic manager Neil Lennon

Celtic should be commended for smart business in re-signing Mohamed Elyounoussi on loan for another season, according to Alex Bruce.

The former Kilmarnock defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists that keeping the squad together could be vital as they chase down their 10th successive league title.

The Hoops confirmed on Tuesday that they had agreed terms with Southampton to keep the 25-year-old winger at Parkhead for a second season.

Elyounoussi played 20 times across all competitions for the Hoops, with a foot injury keeping him out for a large part of the season between November and February.

Bruce believes that keeping the core squad of players together is important for Lennon and his men as they head into what could be a historic season for the club.

Bruce told Football Insider: “He’s keeping his squad together, which is a good thing for Celtic.

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Obviously they had a very good season, won the league comfortably, so to try and keep the squad together as best they can is obviously good business by Lennon.”

Elyounoussi featured just 10 times in the Premiership last season, with four goals and two assists under his belt in Scotland’s top flight.

He has more appearances for the Bhoys than he does for parent club Southampton, having played just 19 times since joining the Saints back in July 2018.

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