Celtic loanee Mohamed Elyounoussi is one of a number of players set to be affected by the news that Euro 2020 will be delayed by one year.
Elyounoussi would have been hoping to be a part of the Norway side to go through the play-offs – that would have started this month – and qualify for this summer’s tournament.
And that may have proved to be a problem for Celtic had they hope to sign Elyounoussi permanently once his loan concludes.
Southampton signed the 25-year-old for £16 million, according to BBC Sport. And the Saints will be aware that they could struggle to get anything like that fee given his struggles at St Mary’s.
That may have boasted Celtic’s hopes of keeping the attacking midfielder beyond this season. But Euro 2020 may have thrown a spanner in the works.
Elyounoussi could have ended up with the platform to prove a big point on the international stage.
And perhaps, he may have attracted the attention that would have allowed the Saints to push his asking price back up.
Even at a higher price, Celtic may have still been able to afford Elyounoussi.
But then the question would have been whether he was worth the risk given he has struggled with injury this term. He has made just 20 appearances in all competitions, including 16 starts.
But with Euro 2020’s postponement denying a number of players the chance to impress on a massive stage, and thus, a number of clubs the opportunity to push asking prices through the roof, Celtic may have a better chance of keeping Elyounoussi beyond this season after all.