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Unsung Hero: Celtic’s Mohamed Elyounoussi marks Hoops debut with early assist

Unsung Hero: Celtic’s Mohamed Elyounoussi marks Hoops debut with early assist

Celtic made it five wins out of five in the Scottish Premiership this season after beating Hamilton 1-0 at New Douglas Park.

The Hoops needed just four minutes to hit the front through James Forrest’s side-footed close range finish and that goal ultimately proved to be enough to preserve their 100% record in the league this term. [via The Guardian]

Celtic dominated the first half but failed to threaten Hamilton regularly and the contest was much more even after the interval. [via The Guardian]

The hosts’ introduction of Marios Ogkmpoe early in the second half helped Hamilton to get a foothold in the game, with both teams having chances without scoring. [via The Guardian]

Celtic survived a scare in stoppage time when Scott McMann sent in a cross and Ogkmpoe almost got on the end of it but couldn’t connect with the ball. [via The Guardian]

In the absence of the injured Mikey Johnston, Neil Lennon handed a Celtic debut to winger Mohamed Elyounoussi, who did not take long to make an impact for the champions. [via The Guardian]

Inside the first four minutes, he had a shot blocked down and soon afterwards latched onto Odsonne Edouard’s inviting pass, getting beyond the Hamilton defence to deliver a left-footed cross for Forrest to dispatch to the net. [via The Guardian]

Having failed to register a single goal or assist in 19 matches for parent club Southampton last season, the on-loan Norway international needed less than 300 seconds to record his first goal involvement at Celtic.

Elyounoussi’s debut for the Hoops concluded on 67 minutes, with Tom Rogic coming on in his place, and his performance was hailed by some reporters afterwards.

John Reid of 67hailhail.com said that the 25-year-old had “an excellent debut”, adding that he “roamed all over the park and linked up well with his new team-mates” and that he “looks to be a good addition to the Celtic squad”, awarding him a rating of seven.

Sourav Mahanty of thecelticbhoys.com wrote that the winger “started very brightly” and had “a couple of good runs on the counter attack”, although he gave him a modest rating of 6.5.

After a frustrating campaign at Southampton last term, Elyounoussi wasted no time in making his presence felt at Celtic and he could have given Lennon a decision to make between him and Johnston as to who will start on the left wing once both players are available.

Celtic fans, how do you think Elyounoussi performed on his debut? Let us know your views in the comments section below!

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