Former Celtic loanee completes move to Danish side

Former Celtic loanee Mohamed Elyounoussi has completed a move to Danish side FC Copenhagen. The Hoops loan star had been on the lookout for a new club after leaving English Premier League side Southampton as a free agent in June. He had previously been linked with Fenerbahce and Celta Vigo, but none of those moves materialised in the end.

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There had been rumours of a return to Paradise with the Bhoys after a decent loan spell he had a few years ago. That never really got off the ground though and Brendan Rodgers has already added Marco Tilio and Yang Hyun-jun to his list of wingers. Although it is rumoured that the Irishman is keen on a reunion with Brazilian winger Tete.

It won’t be Norway international Elyounoussi now though, as the Danish club confirmed that he has signed on in Denmark. The wide-man managed 24 goals and 14 assists whilst in Glasgow’s East End and returned to St Mary’s in 2021, when Ange Postecoglou took over the reins at Celtic Park. He managed 9 goals and 6 assists in his time in England but will now continue his career elsewhere.

His new boss said via the club’s website: “In Moi we get a class player with enormous experience,” says FCK head coach Jacob Neestrup. “He has won titles at several different clubs, and he comes to Copenhagen hungry for more. We have been thorough in our research, and all references have been positive.

“Our conversations with Moi have only confirmed to us that we are not only getting a skilled footballer, but also a very strong character.

“Moi has a high work ethic and great running power, and he can contribute really well in our first press. Furthermore, he is a strong team player, both centrally and on the flanks, and we feel absolutely sure that he will raise our level and, at the same time, sharpen the competition in all our offensive positions.”

Moi himself added: “I am convinced that the switch to F.C. Copenhagen is right for me. I have had some really good meetings with PC and Neestrup, who have told me about the club, about the team and about the great ambitions that are here at FCK.

“At the same time, as a Scandinavian, you always follow developments here and I have seen that Parken is a fantastic place to play football, and that the club is constantly looking to raise itself to play with the best. It’s very motivating and I’m looking forward to being a part of it.”

Paul Gillespie

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