Celtic news: Hutton raves over Elyounoussi display on Tuesday

By Alan Hutton

19th Aug, 2020 | 5:17pm

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Alan Hutton admits he was blown away by the performance of Celtic winger Mohamed Elyounoussi in the win over Reykjavik on Tuesday.

The former Rangers and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the 26-year-old has struggled to constantly deliver due to the expectation and pressure on his shoulders at Parkhead.

The Southampton loanee netted a brace to help fire the Bhoys to a 6-0 win over the Icelandic side in their Champions League qualifier.

Hutton admits that Elyounoussi has not always delivered what is expected of him and that he must push on from Tuesday’s dazzling display.

Hutton told Football Insider: “I think his first touch for the first goal was spectacular, outrageous – we can see he’s a very good player, we can tell that, in flashes he can be brilliant.

“It’s the other side, the typical winger scenario, you’re in and out of games, I think at clubs like Rangers and Celtic, Elyounoussi and Kent, these kind of boys are expected to perform constantly whenever they get the ball.

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“The fans want to see them go by players, create things and I think that’s the most difficult part, the expectation on their shoulders. He wasn’t in the games, the first couple, but he’s showed a bit of brilliance.

“Now it’s about building on that and taking that into the next game, which, obviously all the Celtic fans and Neil Lennon will be hoping he can do.” 

Elyounoussi returned to Celtic from Southampton this summer for a second temporary spell after a season-long loan at Parkhead last season.

He has a total of 23 appearances under his belt for the Bhoys, four more than he has made for his parent club.

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