Mohamed Elyounoussi: Celtic sign Southampton's Norway winger

By Heather DewarBBC Scotland
Mohamed Elyounoussi
Mohamed Elyounoussi scored as Molde beat Celtic in Glasgow four years ago

Norwegian winger Mohamed Elyounoussi is ready for the "huge challenge" of making his Celtic debut in the Old Firm game after signing from Southampton on a season-long loan.

Elyounoussi, 25, joined the English Premier League side in a £16m move from Swiss side Basel last summer and played 19 games for the south coast club.

He will be available to make his debut against Rangers on Sunday at Ibrox.

"I like the way Celtic play and I can see myself fitting into that," he said.

"It would be a huge challenge to come in and play straight away. Sunday is a huge game - maybe one of the biggest derbies in Europe - so I'm really looking forward to being a part of it or just watching it.

"The season has already started so I need to be spot-on and I'm just looking forward to getting started."

Celtic do not have the option to sign Elyounoussi on a permanent deal at the end of his loan spell.

The attacker moved to Switzerland after spells in his homeland with Sarpsborg and Molde, and has scored five times in 24 caps.

Elyounoussi has played at Celtic Park before, scoring and providing an assist in Molde's 2-1 Europa League group stage win in 2015 and repeating that in Norway.

He has also played in the Champions League, as well as the English top flight, and says those experiences will serve him well in Scotland.

"I've also been fortunate enough to win titles in both Norway and Switzerland, so I know what it's about, to be favourites to win the league and the pressure to win games and win titles," he said.

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