Mohamed Elyounoussi backed for success by Fraser Forster

Goalkeeper of Celtic Fraser Forster during the UEFA Europa League group E match between Stade Rennais and Celtic FC (Glasgow) at Roazhon Park on September 19, 2019 in Rennes, France.

Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster has hailed teammate Mohamed Elyounoussi.

Goalkeeper of Celtic Fraser Forster during the UEFA Europa League group E match between Stade Rennais and Celtic FC (Glasgow) at Roazhon Park on September 19, 2019 in Rennes, France.

Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster has told The Scottish Sun that he thinks Mohamed Elyounoussi will really benefit from his goal against CFR Cluj last week.

The Bhoys have endured a mixed few games, as they could only draw 1-1 at Hibernian before beating CFR Cluj 2-0 in the Europa League.

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Celtic then lost 2-0 at Livingston, surrendering top spot to Rangers as they beat Hamilton Academical 5-0 at Ibrox on Sunday.

 

Neil Lennon will be looking for a big response after the international break, with too many players turning in disappointing displays at the Tony Macaroni Arena.

One player did show some promise though, as winger Elyounoussi looked like one of Celtic's brighter players, proving a spark in the final third that was ultimately lacking from everybody else.

The Norwegian international, 25, struggled at Southampton last season, so decided to follow goalkeeper Forster in joining Celtic on loan from the Bhoys.

He's been building up his fitness in the early stages of his Celtic career, but he scored against Cluj and was the lone bright spot in a dismal showing at Livingston too.

Celtic's Moroccan midfielder Mohamed Elyounoussi shoots to score their second goal during the UEFA Europa League group E football match between Celtic and Cluj at Celtic Park stadium in...

Now, teammate Forster has admitted that Elyounoussi has a 'tough year' last season, but believes he is a 'fantastic technical player', and will really build on his goal against Cluj with more games under his belt.

“I was pleased for all the lads on Thursday, but especially for Mo Elyounoussi, who I was with at Southampton and who’d had a tough year of his own after arriving at the club,” said Elyounoussi. “His goal against Cluj will do him the world of good and it capped off a brilliant performance.”

“He’s a fantastic technical player, great touch and ability. He probably doesn’t have the same pace that Jamesy Forrest brings on the other side, but he has fantastic attributes and has done it at international level over the past few years. A run of games will do him good and I’m sure he will build on what he did on Thursday,” he added.

Mohamed Elyounoussi of Celtic celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Europa League group E match between Celtic FC and CFR Cluj at Celtic Park on October 03, 2019...

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