Rangers midfielder, Steven Davis, has praised two of Celtic’s summer signings for their impressive performances this season. The trio spent time together playing for Premier League side, Southampton, before going their separate ways this season.
Celtic have enjoyed a bit of a roller-coaster season till now, filled with both highs and lows. We’ve already witnessed them go out of the Champions League qualification stage this season in embarrassing fashion at the hands of CFR Cluj as well as fall behind Rangers in the Scottish Premiership table after a loss to mid-table Livingston.
But right now they sit at the top of both the Scottish and Europa League tables, having already set up a League Cup final with Rangers. It is safe to say the ship has well and truly been steadied. And a huge part of that is down to the form being displayed by the players signed on the back of the 4-3 loss at Celtic Park that saw the Hoops crash out of the third round of the Champions League qualification phase for the second straight season.
Two such players are Fraser Forster and Mohamed Elyounoussi. The duo are on loan from Southampton at the moment after both having struggled for playing time last season. And both have done spectacularly well for the Hoops till now.
Forster made a name for himself at Celtic Park before moving back to his native England in 2014 in a big money move to Southampton. But after seeing his career stagnate for the last few seasons and falling behind Angus Gunn and Alex McCarthy in the Southampton goalkeeping pecking order, he finds himself back under the sticks at Parkhead.
Mohamed Elyounoussi on the other hand joined the Saints last season from FC Basel. But despite having joined on the back of a lot of hype, he failed to replicate the form he had shown in the Swiss League that had convinced Southampton to spend £16 million on him.
The duo have got their careers back on track though having both showcased impressive form in Celtic colours. After a few shaky early displays, Forster is back to his old self, epitomised by the brilliant display he put in the comeback 2-1 win against Lazio. Elyounoussi has also found his magic boots again, having scored 7 and set up a further 5 in just 10 appearances for the Hoops.
And the two have now found a well-wisher in the form of Rangers midfielder, Steven Davis. The 34-year-old spent 7 seasons at Southampton before returning for a second stint at Rangers on a permanent basis this season.
Speaking about Forster and Elyounoussi, the Rangers star told The Scottish Sun:
"“I spent a lot of time with Fraser at Southampton and I’m delighted for him that he’s done quite well since he’s come back up.“It’s nice to see him enjoying his football after a difficult spell, but hopefully I’ll get the bragging rights.“Elyounoussi was there as well. He had a difficult time because he picked up a couple of niggling injuries. But now he’s playing regularly and has a bit of confidence with his performances, you can see the sort of level he can get to.“They are two players who are obviously a big part of Celtic’s squad just now.”"
Celtic will be hoping to sign both Forster and Elyounoussi on a permanent as they are currently on just season-long loan deals. But with it looking increasingly likely that Southampton are about to get relegated from the Premier League after a nightmare start to their campaign, the duo might be available on the market next season if the Saints do indeed go down and let some of their highest paid stars leave.