Frank McAvennie has claimed that Celtic will axe Mohamed Elyounoussi in their Scottish Premiership game at home to Livingston, a decision he thinks is the wrong one.
Speaking to Football Insider, the former Hoops striker thinks that the man on loan from Southampton will make way for James Forrest, but insists that it should be Ryan Christie to be dropped instead:
“You look at him [Forrest] and you think ‘people were having a go at him last year’.
“He keeps the width and that’s so important to the way Celtic play, Ryan Christie always comes in and Mohamed Elyounoussi on the other side, he cuts in.
“You need to have that width and it’s just a shame that we’ve missed him all season, he’s such a good player.
“Good luck to him, I hope he stays fit. We’re going to need him at Ibrox, that’s for sure.
“Because Elyounoussi is on loan he’ll be the one to miss out against Livingston but it should be Ryan, he’s not played well.
“Callum McGregor could do with a rest but it doesn’t matter who you leave out of that midfield, you’ve got to start Forrest.”
Celtic should start Elyounoussi
It would be a mistake from John Kennedy to drop Elyounoussi for the match against Livingston, even if Rangers have already won the SPFL title.
The Norway international is the Celts’ second-top scorer in the league at Parkhead with eight goals, and also ranks highly among his teammates in terms of shots per game (2.1) (Whoscored).
Should Celtic start Elyounoussi?
The fact that he has an added eye for goal from midfield eases the pressure off of Odsonne Edouard, and is a useful asset to have to try and break down what could turn out to be a very stern Livingston team.
Tom English, who is the Chief sports writer for BBC Scotland, claimed that the 26-year-old is a ‘dangerous’ player back in November, and he is certainly a weapon that the Bhoys must use to their disposal to break down Livingston.
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