Mohamed Elyounoussi has promised that Celtic supporters will see an even better player during his second loan spell with the club.
The winger’s time on loan from Southampton last season was distrupted first by injury and then by the coronavirus pandemic but, when able to play, he showed that his talent could improve Neil Lennon’s side in big games.
Now that Celtic and the Premier League side have agreed a fresh loan deal for the 2020-21 season, Elyounoussi says he’s raring to go again.
“This is the best option for all of us,” he said. “I’m very happy to be here, to be part of this amazing club.
“It’s a very big season ahead of us, obviously with the ten in a row. We want to do well in Europe as well. That’s why I wanted to stay here.
“I feel with injury and with the corona situation, everything got stopped. I felt like I didn’t show myself from my best side.
“I was getting there so hopefully now with the full pre-season with the team, and hopefully without injury, I can finally do what I’m here for.”
The Norwegian’s performances last season won him plenty of admirers in the stands and he said that he had received thank you messages and pleas to return. He said they helped him decide on his future.
“It’s been a good feeling [getting messages from fans],” he said. “You know that you’ve done something right to get messages.
“I have to admit, it made the choice easier to be here.
“There’s a lot of things for this season that’s going to be important so that helped me make the decision to be here and fight and hopefully achieve our goals.”