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On This Day: Happy Birthday to Celtic cult hero Moussa Dembele

Moussa Dembele

Celtic cult hero Moussa Dembele celebrates his 27th birthday today. The ‘skelper had strength and power as well as the ability to finish in his footballing arsenal making him a favourite for supporters.

Dembele called Celtic ‘the greatest club in the world’ previously. Dembele was a fan favorite instantly with a hat-trick against Rangers at Celtic Park. He actually managed seven goals and four assists in eight appearances against the Ibrox side. He scored 51 goals in 94 appearances across the two seasons, winning six trophies during his trophy-laden spell in Glasgow.

Big Moussa was excellent for the club before leaving in a £20m deal for Lyon after falling out with Brendan Rodgers. It would have been expected for Dembele to really kick on and go to the top level instead of remaining in France but the deal to take him to Atletico Madrid on a permanent basis appeared to fall through, leaving him to spearhead the attack under Laurent Blanc.

You do have to think that Dembele could have gone on to achieve much more at Celtic which would have likely taken him beyond Lyon. Whilst he is doing well there, you have to think that from the qualities that the centre-forward produced in attack for Celtic would see him move to a top team instead of a lateral move to Lyon. There may be a temptation for the player to return and see whether he can reignite his affinity with Celtic.

Dembele is unattached at present following his departure from Olympique Lyonnaise at the end of last season. Saudi interest is continued but it remains to be seen whether the Frenchman will head for England or continue on the continent.