Neil Lennon has stated that Mohamed Elyounoussi has his complete backing but the Norwegian will have to work on becoming more consistent in his performances.

The attacker received criticism from pundits such as Kris Boyd, Chris Sutton and Paul Lambert for using his phone during Celtic’s loss to Sparta Prague.

Moi then repaid his manager’s faith and scored a hat-trick against Motherwell on Sunday that helped Celtic cruise to a decent 4-1 victory.

Lennon said:

“He comes in from criticism from outside, not from us. I had a brief chat with him. He explained to me what had happened and that was the end of it.

“You are all analysing everything we are doing at the minute. Elyounoussi on his phone and the body language and this, that and the other.

“We said to him at half-time, ‘you had two at Lille last week and you didn’t get your hat-trick, go and get it today.’

“It was a brilliant third goal. He can be absolutely delighted. He’s in great form but he needs to be more consistent with his level of performances now because he’s a quality player.”

Neil Lennon’s team talk on Sunday clearly had an impact on Elyounoussi and the Norwegian must now keep his run of good form going.

It will be key players such as Moi who will be vital for the rest of the Bhoys, their presence and ability can inspire the rest of the squad to do better.