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Celtic: Alan Hutton says Mohamed Elyounoussi’s impact is comparable to Patrick Roberts

Celtic: Alan Hutton says Mohamed Elyounoussi’s impact is comparable to Patrick Roberts

Former Scotland defender Alan Hutton has said that the comparison between on-loan Celtic winger Mohamed Elyounoussi and former Hoops player Patrick Roberts are fair.

The Norwegian has made a huge impact since joining on loan from Southampton earlier this season, with seven goals in 10 games for the club going into tonight’s Europa League match against Lazio.

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Roberts, another winger who spent time on loan at Parkhead, also enjoyed a fine start to life in Glasgow, with six goals in 11 Premiership games in his first half-season in 2016.

When asked if Elyounoussi had filled the void left by the Manchester City-owned player, Hutton told Football Insider: “Yeah, it’s a really good comparison. Both players are that type to get bums off the seats and lift the crowd.

“They can both bring something a little bit different. He (Elyounoussi) is doing brilliant, as a Rangers guy, sometimes I take the Rangers glasses off, he’s been brilliant for them. He’s in a great place at the moment and doing well for Celtic.”

If anything, Hutton is understating the impact that Elyounoussi has made by saying that he’s “doing well for Celtic”.

The Norwegian has gone from failing to score for Southampton in 19 games last season to hitting six goals in his last five matches for Celtic prior to the Europa League clash against Lazio in Italy.

It’s a bout of form reminiscent of Roberts’ first few months at the club in 2015/16, when he scored six times in his final eight Premiership games that season after none in his first three. [via TransferMarkt]

Elyounoussi is on course to be even more prolific than the English winger at Celtic, with the Norwegian needing just two more goals to reach half of Roberts’ total of 18 in 78 games for the club. Considering that Elyounoussi has only played 10 times for the Hoops prior to tonight’s match against Lazio, that is an exceptional return.

It’s easy to see why Hutton has drawn comparisons between the two players, seeing as they are both wingers who made a good start to life at Celtic on loan from English Premier League clubs.

However, if Elyounoussi continues in his current vein, he looks set to leave Roberts’ Celtic record trailing in his wake.

Celtic fans, do you think that the comparison between Elyounoussi and Roberts is a fair one? Have your say by commenting below!

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