Moi Elyounoussi is bracing himself for a double frustration.
In August he moved to Celtic on loan to rediscover his form with the real prospect of helping the hoops to a historic second 9-in-a-row triumph.
For a few months the move was working perfectly. Elyounoussi picked up the October Player of the Month, Celtic won home and away against Lazio to reach the knock out phase of the Europa League and were out in front domestically.
The winger injured a foot at the start of November, returned to the squad in February but was in and out of the side as he battled for form when football was suspended after making a 14 minute appearance as a substitute against St Mirren on March 7.
What happens next is anyone’s guess with no certainty that the Norwegian will play again for Celtic.
He told The Sun:
I still have three years left of the contract with Southampton. I want to show a better side of myself than what I have done.
I hope I can go back and fight for a place next season but at the same time, I really want to finish the season at Celtic and win the league.
I’ve had injuries but it’s been a very nice time in Celtic, especially after how things were going in Southampton.
It’s a very strange situation. The plan was a holiday in late May, before I meet for pre-season with Southampton but now I don’t quite know what will happen.
Southampton were the first EPL club to announce pay cuts as the reality of a few months without matches puts broadcasting money in doubt.
Celtic’s future is as uncertain as Southampton’s with club’s forced into the sort of rethink that would have been unimaginable at the start of the season.
All previous calculations and budgets are being scrapped with Elyounoussi and everyone else left in the dark about their future until some sort of football makes a return.