MOHAMED Elyounoussi admitted he needed to forestall Rangers from clinching the Scottish title at Parkhead and insisted Celtic would advance to the subsequent Previous Agency sport assured of victory.
If Steven Gerrard’s aspect overcome St Mirren at Ibrox this afternoon, John Kennedy’s aspect might want to gather most factors in opposition to Dundee United at Tannadice tomorrow to forestall their metropolis rivals from profitable the Premiership.
Nonetheless, if the top-flight first and second groups triumph this weekend, then the Govan squad simply want a degree to win once they journey to the East Finish on Sunday, March 21.
Southampton Loanee Elyounoussi need the quadruple treble triples winners to construct on their 1-0 win over Aberdeen final week, proceed a profitable run till the tip of the 2020/21 marketing campaign and ensure the Rangers rejoice not on their land.
“We intention to win each sport we play,” mentioned the Norwegian winger. “We’ve got had a very good week of coaching and preparation and the ambiance within the staff is nice. We’ll attempt to win all of the video games to come back, in addition to within the cup.
“After all, we do not need that (the Rangers profitable the league at Parkhead) to occur, however our essential focus is to give attention to ourselves and what we will produce on this sport. different video games should not underneath our management.
“We are able to solely management the video games that we play and do our greatest to win them. No person thinks about what is going to occur if we lose factors. We’ll enter this sport with a number of confidence and conviction and look to it. to win.”
In the meantime, Elyounoussi insisted he has no worry of contracting coronavirus whereas on a world mission with Norway later this month, as they play within the World Cup qualifiers in opposition to Gibraltar, Turkey and Montenegro.
“It is troublesome with the pandemic and you must have a look at the large image,” he mentioned. “There have been some issues final 12 months and I do know that one of many video games (in opposition to Turkey) was transferred from Norway to Spain. I am specializing in Celtic for the subsequent few video games after which we’ll see what occurs.
“I would not be anxious about leaving as we journey underneath very strict protocols. We put on masks, we’re distant and we dwell as we do right here. We’re very cautious with one another and all of us comply with the identical protocols as we do. at Celtic I am not involved about that, I really feel protected each time I journey with the nationwide staff.
“We had just a few points final time round, however different gamers figured it out. There was concern that we’d additionally need to quarantine ourselves, if we had been in shut contact, however every little thing was fantastic. issues occur and take it from there.
Elyounoussi helped Celtic full their fourth consecutive web sweep of the nationwide silverware in December once they performed within the delayed Scottish Cup closing in opposition to Hearts in Hampden.
He was completely happy to study that the competitors, which had been postponed to January attributable to rising charges of coronavirus an infection, will resume later this month and hope to assist the defending champions retain their trophy.
“The Scottish Cup is one thing we sit up for,” he mentioned. “We all the time attempt to win each sport to see the place we go, however clearly the league is admittedly powerful. There’s additionally a trophy in play now and we’re the holders of it. It could be good to maintain it once more.
“It has been a very long time since Celtic received a trophy and it is not one thing we wish to keep in mind being part of.
“It is not on our minds although. We work exhausting in coaching and take part in each sport with the purpose of profitable. Will probably be the identical within the Scottish Cup. ”
Lennon has admitted he’s eager to convey Elyounoussi again to Celtic subsequent season earlier than stepping down, however the participant is targeted on the remaining matches within the 2020/21 marketing campaign.
“I have never actually thought of my future but,” he mentioned. “I simply wish to finish the season as sturdy as attainable. My essential purpose is to work exhausting in each coaching session and sport. There shall be loads of time to consider my future.