MOHAMED Elyounoussi isn’t ruling out a permanent move to Celtic once his current loan deal expires.

The Norwegian international moved to the Scottish side during the summer, along with goalkeeper Fraser Forster.

Elyounoussi has so far made an excellent start at Celtic, scoring seven goals in his opening 10 matches.

Speaking after bagging a brace against Hibernian at the weekend, Elyounoussi said: “I’m really happy to be here at the moment and we’ll see what’s going to happen in the end.

“I’m enjoying it. I came here to get more minutes.

“I have a good manager and good coaching staff around me as well as the players, so I enjoy it at the moment.

“I came here to score goals and to help the team and win more titles. It’s maybe beyond what I expected.”

Having been signed by former Saints boss Mark Hughes for £16m in 2018, there was hope he would turn into Dusan Tadic’s replacement.

However, Elyounoussi struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League, failing to score or create a single goal.

His case for making an impact weakened when Hughes was sacked and replaced by Ralph Hasenhuttl last December.

The Austrian opted to go with attacking players Nathan Redmond and Danny Ings instead.

This saw Elyounoussi make just 10 appearances for Saints under the Austrian’s management, with his final game coming against West Ham in May.

There is an expectancy that Scott Sinclair is nearing the end of his time in Celtic which means they will be on the hunt for a new left-winger.

And former Hoops defender Alan Stubbs called on the Scottish giants to begin conversations with Saints over singing Elyounoussi on a permanent basis next year.

Stubbs said: “It is probably not a bad sign to test the water if he carries on [with his current form].

“If I am Celtic now, I would definitely be having initial conversations with his parent club and see how they progress.”