Celtic sign Mohamed Elyounoussi on a season long loan deal
Celtic have announced the signing of Mohamed Elyounoussi on a season long loan deal from English Premier League side Southampton.
The winger only signed for the English side last year in a £16 million deal from Swiss side Basel, but since Ralph Hassenhutti took over at St.Mary’s he has struggled for game time.
Speaking exclusively to the official Celtic website, Mohamed said: “I can’t wait to get started and pull on the jersey for the first time. It’s an iconic, historic club so it’s a great move for me. Obviously, I know it’s massive club with lots of fans.
“I’ve been to Celtic Park before so I know what the atmosphere’s like. I was here with Molde back in 2015, and I got a goal and an assist in both games.
“I remember that it was a great atmosphere at Celtic Park when I played here. So I’m really happy to come here.
“Celtic has a great history of winning titles with a lot of fans behind them, so I’m proud to be a part of the club.
“This is something I want to achieve at Celtic, scoring goals and creating chances to help the team win games and winning titles. That’s what it’s about. That’s my job as an attacker –to score goals and create chances for the team.”
The 25-year-old started his career with Sarpsborg 08 in Norway, before moving to Molde in 2014, spending two years there - winning the league and cup double as well as playing against Celtic in the Europa League in 2015.
In 2016, he was signed by Swiss side FC Basel and again lifted the double before securing a move to Southampton in 2018.
The 22 time capped Norwegian international watched Celtic play AIK in the Europa League, with his cousin a player with the Swedish side.
He added: “My cousin, Tarik Elyounoussi, plays for AIK, although he was suspended for the game at Celtic Park and then injured for the game in Sweden.
“I like the way Celtic play their aggressive, offensive football and they created a lot of chances, especially at home, and they could have won that game three or 4-0. So I’ve seen the way they play football and I can see myself fitting into that.
“I’m looking forward to meeting all the players and the staff and get started at training, and to get to know everyone really, and then just to pull on the jersey. The season has already started for Celtic so I need to be spot-on and I’m just looking forward to getting started.
“I’ve been lucky enough to play in the Champions League and the Europa League and I have some experience from the Premier League as well. So I’ll bring that to Celtic.
“I’ve also been fortunate enough to win titles in both Norway and Switzerland, so I know what it’s about, to be favourites to win the league and the pressure that’s demanded from everyone, especially the fans, to win games and win titles. So that’s the experience I can bring.”
Elyounoussi could be set to make his debut against Rangers on Sunday, although it is highly likely that if he does make the match day squad it will be as a substitute.