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Armstrong Was Pivotal To Elyounoussi Move
NEW Celtic hero Mo Elyounoussi has revealed that Stuart Armstrong was pivotal to his loan move to Parkhead, writes Lindsay Herron.

NEW Celtic hero Mo Elyounoussi has revealed that Stuart Armstrong was pivotal to his loan move to Parkhead, writes Lindsay Herron.

The irony is that it seemed Armstrong couldn’t wait to get out of Parkhead and move to the Premier League.

He constantly stalled on a new Hoops deal and moved to Southampton for around £7million in the summer of 2018.

However, the Scotland star was gushing in his praise for his old club as he and Elyounoussi sat next to each other at the club’s Staplewood training base when news emerged that Neil Lennon was in the market.

Elyounoussi also got advice from Norway team mate Kris Ajer and Fraser Forster and he’s so glad he has made the switch.

After being snubbed by Ralph Hasselhuttl he has become born-again at Parkhead with seven goals and five assists to become a smash hit with the supporters and win the Ladbrokes player of the month for October.

He said: “I spoke to Stuart, of course, as we’re team mates at Southampton and he was able to tell me things that I didn’t know about the club.

“He told me so many good things about Celtic. And it was perfect that he sat next to me in the Southampton training ground dressing room.

“Of course, I had also spoken with Kris Ajer about Celtic too so I had a good knowledge of what I was coming into.

“I didn’t look at it as a step down, going from the English Premier League to the Scottish Premiership.

“I needed to get game time. I needed to get minutes on the pitch, “I feel Celtic have brought my confidence back. I’m scoring goals and I’m really happy.

“I expected to do well. I came up here to help the team to create chances and score goals to help them win games.

“So, I’m not surprised. I know the quality I have and I think the manager knows that as well.

“So, with his belief and trust in me and the help of the coaches too I feel I am bringing what I can to the team.

“I’ve scored seven goals so far and I’m happy with that but I feel I could have scored even more.”

Elyounoussi caused anxiety when he was sent home by the Norwegian national team with an injury last week – especially with a League Cup Final against Rangers coming up on December 8.

However, he has revealed that it’s a small knock on his foot. He is a doubt for Livingston today and might not be risked but should be ready for Rennes in the Europa League next week.

The 25-year-old, who moved to Saints from Basel last year for £16million, said: “I actually picked up the injury a couple of weeks ago against Hibs in the League Cup semi-final.

“Then I had to go with the national team and it didn’t really have enough time to heal.

“So we had a look at it and it was decided I needed a rest. But I think it will be alright.

“The League Cup Final is a chance to win some silverware early in the season and I can’t wait for this game.

“It’s something I really want to experience so I’m really looking forward to this game.”

Posted by voc1967 on Saturday 23 November 2019 - 10:20:07 | Comments (0)  |  printer friendly
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