Team News: Lennon confirms double boost & offers update on £13.5m-rated attacker

Celtic will need all of their best players back in action as they continue their bid towards ten in a row Scottish title this season, and a recent update from the Hoops manager Neil Lennon suggests one of his most talented ace is close to returning to the squad.

Mohamed Elyounoussi enjoyed a scintillating opening to his career at Paradise before an injury setback stunt the Norway international’s progress at Celtic Park.

The Southampton-owned forward has since been ruled out of Celtic’s nine SPFL fixtures but recent quotes from Lennon suggest he is edging towards a first team return.

Speaking from the club’s training camp in Dubai, the Hoops head-coach had this to say on the Southampton loanee, per The Herald:

“Elyounoussi is out of the boot now and may train at the start of this week.”

Lennon also went on to deliver some promising news on Tom Rogic.

“Rogic is doing gym work, core work. He could train next week.”

The return of Elyounoussi, who is valued at £13.5-million by Transfermarkt, is undoubtedly a major boost for the Hoops – who returns to action on Saturday, January 18, 2020.

Prior to his injury setback in November 2019, the attacking midfielder scored seven goals and provided six assists in just 13 appearances across all competitions for the club.

The missing cog in the Celtic’s attack rejuvenate with the introduction of Elyounoussi, which is one of the reason Southampton coughed £16m to sign the attacking midfielder from Babel in 2018 on a five-year deal.

That he is due to return to training in the next couple of days suggests he could well be in contention for Celtic’s next competitive fixture against Kilmarnock on January 22nd, and his creative quality could be exactly what they need to return to winning ways in emphatic style.

Should Norway attacker manages to stay fit for the remainder of the season following his injury return, he could well play strong role in SPFL title race for Celtic.

In other news, in-form Celtic could be on the verge of leaving the club this ongoing transfer window in a shocking £30-million deal

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Author: chris darwen