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CELTIC FACE £8m TUG-OF-WAR

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CELTIC are facing an £8million transfer tug-of-war with Spanish side Real Sociedad in their bid to make Mohamed Elyounoussi’s stay in Scotland permanent.

The Norwegian forward is on loan at the Hoops from Southampton, but the temporary deal expires at the end of the season.

The La Liga outfit have been monitoring Elyounoussi’s form at Parkhead as the champions zero in on their ninth successive title while attempting to make an impact on Europe, according to a report in media site Football Insider.

The left-sided raider, who cost the south coast club £16million when they signed him from Basel in June 2018, has dropped down the pecking order since Ralph Hasenhutti took over from Mark Hughes.

Elyounoussi has struggled for game time in Neil Lennon’s side since the return of the year after injuring a foot while on international duty in November.

He played for 45 minutes in the 1-0 Betfred League Cup Final triumph over Rangers on December 8, but failed to reproduce the form that saw him score two goals in the 5-2 semi-final win over Hibs and saw him claim seven strikes in 15 appearances.

Elyounoussi has recovered from injury and has made three outings as a substitute in recent weeks as he gets back up to speed.

He will be involved in Lennon’s squad for the crucial second leg of their Europa League last-32 tie against FC Copenhagen at Parkhead on Thursday with the tie level at 1-1 after last week’s clash in the Danish capital.

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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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