Celtic have reportedly began identifying long-term replacements for Mohamed Elyounoussi after sending scouts to watch Croatian talent Kristijan Lovric on Wednesday, and the news has both positive and negative connotations for the Hoops.

According to Vavel’s sports writer Richard Wilson, Celtic sent scouts to watch Lovric play for Croatian outlet Gorcia in their 2-1 win over Hajduk Split last week, and the winger scored the opening goal of the game.

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As previously mentioned, news of Celtic scouting replacements for Elyounoussi comes as both a positive and a negative for the Hoops.

The downside is Celtic are already preparing for life without the in-form winger, who has caught the eye with four goals in his last four outings for the Hoops and is a player who many would love to sign permanently.

However Southampton’s asking price may well be too high given how they splashed £16million on him back in 2018, so scouting cheaper options certainly makes sense and is a positive for Celtic.

The Hoops are showing they will be prepared for Elyounoussi’s departure at the end of his loan spell, and in Lovric they appear to have found a winger who has an eye for goal and is available for a relatively low fee.

Do you think Celtic will be able to afford a permanent deal for Elyounoussi?