NEW Bhoy Mohamed Elyounoussi has only played 67 minutes for Celtic – but he’s already a hit with Israeli defender Hatem Abd Elhamed.

The Moroccan-born Norwegian international striker made his debut for the Hoops in their 1-0 win over Hamilton Accies at the weekend.

Elyounoussi, who is on loan from Southampton for the remainder of the season, was quickly into the action and set up the encounter’s only goal with an inviting cross from the left that was neatly tucked away by James Forrest.

It was a rare start in 2019 for the forward who has fallen out of favour at the south coast outfit.

Neil Lennon replaced him with comeback Aussie international playmaker Tom Rogic shortly after the hour mark.

But right-back Elhamed, who joined the champions earlier in the transfer window for £1.6million from Hapoel Be’er Sheva, had seen enough to realise the £16million man’s ability.

UP AND HATEM…Celtic right-back Hatem Abd Elhamed races away from Hamilton Accies defender Scott McMann.

The towering full-back, speaking to Daily Record, admitted: “It is only his first game, but he showed his qualities.

“He is a good player and I’m sure he will help us a lot this season. I was impressed with his performance.”

Meanwhile, Jozo Simunovic faces a lengthy period on the sidelines as it was confirmed he will undergo knee surgery.

The Croatian centre-half saw a specialist on Friday and has been booked in for a clean-up operation.

The defender hasn’t started for the Hoops since their 2-0 win over AIK Stockholm in the Europa League play-offs on August 22.

SCOTLAND international winger Ryan Fraser will be offered a massive £100,000-per-week to remain at Bournemouth.

The former Aberdeen star, 25, is out of contract next summer and a host of clubs have been looking at the pint-sized raider with Arsenal to the forefront.

Chelsea, Everton and Wolves have also spied on the pacy attacker who quit Pittodrie in a cut-price £425,000 switch in 2013.

It will be bad news for the Dons if their ex-player agrees a long-term contract with the south coast outfit. They are due a sell-on percentage of his next transfer fee and figures of £35million have been bandied about in recent months.

However, manager Eddie Howe is anxious to hold onto Fraser and is ready to offer him similar terms to that of England international striker Callum Wilson who was persuaded to sign a long-term contract with the Cherries earlier in the year.

Scots boss Steve Clarke is also an admirer of the flanker and played him in the Euro 2020 qualifier against Belgium at Hampden last Friday that unfortunately ended in a 4-0 thumping for the home side.

GRAHAM DORRANS, who was released by Rangers on transfer deadline day, is poised to tell Dundee if he will join them in their battle to make a quickfire return to the Premiership.

Dens boss James McPake has made an offer to his former Livingston team-mate and is now awaiting the reply from the 32-year-old ex-Scotland international midfielder.

Dorrans is considering all options and has had offers from England as well as Scotland.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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