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Mohamed Elyounoussi defends Jozo Simunovic after Celtic’s European disappointment

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Mohamed Elyounoussi defends Jozo Simunovic after Celtic’s European disappointment

The Norwegian failed to take a golden opportunity in the first-half.

Celtic attacker Mohamed Elyounoussi has been commenting on the club’s recent loss to Copenhagen in the Europa League. The Norwegian has leapt to the defence of defender Jozo Simunovic, whose error was largely blamed for the club’s exit. 

However, the Southampton loanee pointed the finger at himself whilst defending the Croatian, as reported by the Glasgow Evening Times. 

“[Jozo] has nothing to apologise for. We win as a team and we lose as a team.

“I should have scored right in front of goal, so I should say sorry. He has nothing to be sorry for…

“…I thought we dominated, and we created chances which we should have taken – I should have scored, definitely. We were so close, but it wasn’t enough. They defended very well, they were organised, and they hurt us with their counter-attacks.”

Elyounoussi missed a glaring opportunity in the first-half which would have given Celtic a crucial lead and might have led to a different outcome at Parkhead. 

 

TBR’s View

It is easy to point the finger at individuals after Celtic’s poor display in midweek. However, the entire team must take responsibility for the loss. 

Celtic were in a commanding position against, with all due respect, mediocre opposition and failed to advance to the next round of the competition. 

It was yet another disappointing European exit against a team that Celtic fans will feel they easily had the beating of. 

Just like Cluj in the Champions League qualifiers, something just did not click on a night when Celtic’s best was needed. 

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