Mohamed Elyounoussi says it’s time Celtic stopped utilizing the coronavirus disaster to excuse their shattered 10-in-a-row goals.
From the Boli Bolingoli saga to having 13 gamers plus boss Neil Lennon compelled to self-isolate after Christopher Jullien returned from the club’s controversial Dubai trip with the virus, the Hoops have endured a turbulent season each on and off the pitch.
Lennon has additionally repeatedly steered the closed-door situations enforced by the pandemic has been a consider his facet’s stoop this season, whereas Parkhead chief Peter Lawwell stoked controversy final week when he claimed coronavirus had affected their membership “most likely…greater than any”.
Nevertheless, Elyounoussi believes it’s time Lennon’s squad lastly look themselves within the mirror and admit they’ve simply not been adequate to maintain tempo with a rampant Rangers now 20 factors forward within the desk.
The on-loan Southampton ahead, who returned to motion after his stint in quarantine solely to see the Hoops drop factors for the fourth time this yr at Livingston on Wednesday evening, stated: “Look, it hasn’t been a traditional season with the pandemic and all the things going round.
“There have been issues exterior soccer, like our self-isolation. However everyone seems to be in the identical scenario. In order that’s no excuse. We have now to be trustworthy right here, we can not search for excuses any extra.
“Everybody wants to choose themselves up, dig in deeper and work laborious. There’s at all times the following sport. We have now to maintain wanting ahead and strategy each sport with positivity.”
The Dubai break was presupposed to be an opportunity for Celtic to recharge their batteries and refresh their minds after a bruising finish to 2020.
However as an alternative, it backfired with the journey overshadowed by footage showing to indicate gamers breaching social distancing protocols throughout a time off.
Jullien’s optimistic take a look at then dominated out a raft of first-team stars, leaving a scratch line-up to scrape attracts with Hibernian and Livingston at dwelling.
Lennon was in a position to recall a bunch of key males for the rematch with David Martindale’s Lions on the Tony Macaroni Area however by then the Hoops’ fragile confidence was clear for all to see and so they threw away one other two factors by permitting Jay Emmanuel-Thomas to rescue a point in a 2-2 draw.
Elyounoussi netted his thirteenth aim of the season to cancel out Ciaron Brown’s opener for Livi with Nir Bitton then firing Celtic forward on the break however but once more they might not end off the job.
“I do not imply any disrespect, however I do not care about scoring a aim,” confessed Elyounoussi. “When you do not win the video games it would not matter.
“Everybody has to take accountability, take a look at themselves within the mirror. Everybody can enhance, everybody can put extra effort in.
“However I believe everyone seems to be working laborious in coaching. You’ll be able to see that from the depth in coaching. We’ve not carried out something otherwise this yr from final yr. I believe it’s simply the small margins that are towards us.
“There have been too many attracts, too many video games the place we’ve been up and have conceded late on. That is what’s killing us in the meanwhile.”