Noel Whelan has tipped Neil Lennon to drop Mohamed Elyounoussi from the Celtic starting XI against Motherwell after the winger’s behaviour on Thursday.

The former Aberdeen and Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has insisted he would drop the 26-year-old to train the under-23s after being spotted on his phone against Sparta Prague.

As quoted by the Daily Mail, Lennon confirmed the Norway international should not have been using his phone on the bench and that he would “deal” with the incident.

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Whelan believes that the Northern Irish boss will take immediate action and drop the senior mainstay to the bench or out of the squad completely.

Asked if he thought Lennon would drop Elyounoussi for Sunday, Whelan told Football Insider: “Oh, absolutely. If I was the manager there, he’d be training with the under-23s, and there’d be a massive conversation going on.

“I’m pretty sure the rest of the players would find that… we (Leeds) had a situation with Patrick Bamford last year on his phone. You know, there’s no difference there. You can’t take your phones out.

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“What are you thinking? The only thing you should be taking out there on the field with you is a good attitude, some hard work, your shin pads and your football kit. That is it.”

Elyounoussi has been one of Lennon’s senior mainstays this season with 17 appearances and seven goals under his belt across all competitions.

The Hoops know that victory over Motherwell could reduce the gap to Rangers to six points, with the Gers in action against Hamilton later on Sunday.

In other Celtic news, the father of an English striker has told Football Insider the Bhoys have held talks over a transfer.