Harald Brattbakk has backed Mohamed Elyounoussi to have a direct impact on Celtic winning the league this season and help the Scottish Champions clinch 10 in a row.
As a fellow Norwegian and former Celtic player, Brattbakk can relate to the pressures of life as a Celtic player but from a different perspective.
The former striker played a major role alongside Henrik Larsson in that vital season of stopping Rangers from getting the holy grail of football, 10 in a row.
The Norwegian’s goal will forever be remembered as the goal that stopped the Govan mob from getting their rotten hands on the Scottish League for their 10th time in a row.
While speaking to the media, Brattbakk has confirmed that Elyounoussi has been a winner since his early playing days back in Norway and helped Molde win their respective title and cup.
Then, Moi made his move to Basel in which more honours were gained.
“Maybe because Elyounoussi is a flair player, an attacker, you don’t associate him with being a real winner,” observed Harald Brattbakk.“But he’s got that side to him. It certainly looks that way.
“Elyounoussi was successful in Norway, he won the title and Norwegian Cup with Molde which was unexpected,” the former Celtic striker, who scored that decisive second goal against St Johnstone at Celtic Park on that gloriously sunny afternoon in early May 1998 that ensured that Rangers would not reach ten-in-a-Row,
“It was a shock in Norway when Molde won the title, it was a really big achievement. At that time everyone was looking at different clubs, the bigger teams like my own Rosenborg.
“But Molde had a good team and they’ve gone on to have positive results for quite a few seasons now.Elyounoussi was instrumental when they won the double back then,” Harald stated.
“That’s why I’m not surprised he went on to do well in Switzerland and the UK. He moved to Basel and won the league there too so he’s a winner. He’s gone to different countries and won. To be able to do that with different teams, different managers, different cultures – that means he’s got that ability in him.
“It can’t just be about the new team or the new country he goes to. He has to bring something for that to happen. We all know that there’s a fine line between failure and success in the game.
Elyounoussi has worked really hard in his career to make sure those fine details go on his side.
“All the margins have fallen for him so far and hopefully he can give that to Celtic this season too.”
“I watched Elyounoussi from an early age in Norway and at that time he looked like unfinished material. He had an edge to his game, which was good, but he needed to mature and he has.
“He’s grown into a very good forward player and for Celtic it will be really important to have him available for the race to Ten-in-a-Row. It’s going to be hard but if he performs like he has done in the last few games he’ll definitely be an asset for them,” Harald added.
“As a young player, people in Norway were excited about Elyounoussi. He surprised people because he was always a little bit different to other players. Maybe he wasn’t the conformed footballer, the kind of striker you liked to see – or were used to seeing.
“But he brought something special to the game and now that he’s matured he’s even better. He was always regarded as a talent in Norway but getting to Celtic and playing regularly has been great for him. I hope he can be a big player in the title race.
“Celtic have had a tough spell but there are so many games left. It’s all about winning the crucial games. You can actually lose the Old Firm (sic) games and still win the league. It’s about all the games in between, the ones you’re expected to win. They will be even more vital this season.