Ely­ounoussi took Celtic ad­vice from Arm­strong

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MO­HAMED Ely­ounoussi has re­vealed that Stu­art Arm­strong was piv­otal to his loan move to Park­head.

While Arm­strong stalled on a new Celtic deal be­fore mov­ing to Southamp­ton for around £7mil­lion in the sum­mer of 2018, the Scot­land mid­fielder was gush­ing in his praise for his old club as he and Ely­ounoussi sat next to each other at the club’s Sta­ple­wood train­ing base.

Ely­ounoussi also got ad­vice from Nor­way team­mate Kristof­fer Ajer and goal­keeper Fraser Forster and he’s so glad he has made the switch.

Af­ter being snubbed by Ralph Has­sel­huttl, he has re­dis­overed his best form at Park­head with seven goals and five as­sists to be­come a smash hit with the sup­port­ers and win the Lad­brokes player of the month for Oc­to­ber.

He said: “I spoke to Stu­art, of course, as we’re team-mates at Southamp­ton and he was able to tell me things that I didn’t know about the club.

“He told me so many good things about Celtic. And it was per­fect that he sat next to me in the Southamp­ton train­ing­ground dress­ing room.

“Of course, I had also spo­ken with Kris Ajer about Celtic, too, so I had a good knowl­edge of what I was com­ing into.

“I didn’t look at it as a step down, go­ing from the English Premier League to the Scot­tish Premier­ship.

“I needed to get game time. I feel Celtic have brought my con­fi­dence back. I’m scor­ing goals and I’m re­ally happy.

“I ex­pected to do well. I came up here to help the team to cre­ate chances and score goals to help them win games.

“So, I’m not sur­prised. I know the qual­ity I have and I think the man­ager knows that as well. So, with his be­lief and trust in me and the help of the coaches too I feel I am bring­ing what I can to the team.

“I’ve scored seven goals so far and I’m happy with that but I feel I could have scored even more.”

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