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Unsung hero: Mohamed Elyounoussi only one able to take credit from Celtic’s defeat

Unsung hero: Mohamed Elyounoussi only one able to take credit from Celtic’s defeat

Celtic were embarrassed by Livingston on Sunday afternoon as Neil Lennon’s side put in an extremely sub-par performance ahead of the international break.

The defeat meant the Bhoys would be heading into the two-week break second in the Scottish Premiership after fierce rivals Rangers managed to demolish Hamilton Academical following their slip-up.

Celtic would have likely been full of confidence following their impressive Europa League win against CFR Cluj, however Lennon’s side had an obvious hangover lingering over them as they made the trip to the Tony Macaroni Stadium on Sunday.

Ryan Christie’s red card in the 26th minute certainly did not help the Hoops in their quest to rattle up seven wins in the top-flight, but it seemed no-one was quite up to scratch on the afternoon to ensure they headed back to Celtic Park with even a share of the points.

Whilst it was an abysmal performance by everybody in the green-and-white stripes, one man could, perhaps, be able to take some credit for his own individual display, even if everybody else has to hang their head with some shame.

Mohamed Elyounoussi may not have been at the club for a very long time, however the Norway international could have been considered the club’s best player based on what everyone would have seen.

Having joined from Southampton last month on a season-long loan, the winger started just his fourth match for Celtic and put in an effort that he could, perhaps, be proud of.

Valued at £13.5m by Transfermarkt, he had already contributed with one assist in his previous Scottish Premiership outing and scoring against Cluj in the Europa League earlier in the week, but he was unable to make too much of a difference against Livingston.

As 67 Hail Hail noted, the 25-year-old was at the heart of every single attack whilst his work-rate and determination was second-to-none, although they also mentioned that was not a particularly difficult feat to achieve.

That thought also appeared to be something echoed by Read Celtic as well, as they gave Elyounoussi a score of six in their player ratings – a top score matched by just Odsonne Edouard and Moritz Bauer.

They wrote: “The winger was a threat throughout the game with his clever runs and good decision-making in the final third. One of the bright sparks in a team that performed well below-par.”

Indeed, it was an awful performance by everyone associated with Celtic as the international break takes centre stage for the next week or so. However, if his team-mates can bounce back to their best quickly, Elyounoussi could become an excellent player for Lennon and the Glaswegians.

Will Celtic get to 10 in a row?

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