Jackie McNamara believes Mohamed Elyounoussi’s absence for this Sunday’s Glasgow Derby will be a big blow for Celtic.

The winger has struggled with a foot injury since the Hoops’ victory over Hibernian in the League Cup semi-final, and was substituted at half-time against Rangers in the final.

Neil Lennon confirmed Elyounoussi is now out until the New Year and when asked whether his absence will be a blow for Celtic, McNamara told Football Insider: 

Yeah, definitely. I think he has gotten better since he came on. For the cup final, I don’t think he was fully fit as he came off at half-time, and obviously he hasn’t recovered properly. But I do think he is someone who after the winter break, will be firing on all cylinders.

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Elyounoussi’s absence will certainly be a slight blow for Celtic but Lennon has more than enough quality within his squad to deal with the injury, as he has done throughout the winger’s spell on the sidelines thus far.

Mikey Johnston looks to be in line to start, and he will be full of confidence after his impressive display against Rangers at Ibrox earlier this season.