MOHAMED Elyounoussi revealed it was a simple conversation with Neil Lennon that sealed his Celtic move.

The Norwegian international joined the Scottish giants, along with goalkeeper Fraser Forster, on a season-long loan in the summer.

Life at Celtic has started well for Elyounoussi, with his first goal for the club coming against CFR Cluj in the Europa League.

Elyounoussi said: “I had a chat with the coach and I was going to ask him about what he expected and tactical things.

“However, the only thing he said to me was that: ‘You’re a good football player, we know what you can do. You do not lose skills during one season. You lose self-confidence, you start to think a little too much and such things, but skills do not lose you. I’ll help you get back there where you were’.

“That was enough to persuade me.”

Saints were happy to let Elyounoussi leave on loan for the season as it gives him the chance to continue his adjustment to British football.

The winger struggled to adapt to the Premier League last year and failed to score a single goal throughout the campaign.

And with a hefty £16m price tag, it's in Saints' interests to get him playing at a level good enough for England's top-flight.

Celtic don't have the option to buy either Forster or Elyounoussi following the conclusion of their loan spells.

They will instead return to Saints in the summer with a full season behind them.