By Harvey Byrne
Celtic fans are wondering why striker Moussa Dembele isn’t starting for the Hoops as the Scottish giants prepare for their key Play-Off clash against Hapoel Beer Sheva on Wednesday.
The forward has been dropped to the bench and many are stating that they would have liked to seen the Frenchman start up top.
The 20-year-old has hit the ground running at his new club after joining from Fulham earlier this summer and he has scored three goals in his six appearances, but Brendan Rodgers is keeping the striker as a bench option for the match.
— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) August 17, 2016
Rodgers has named a strong eleven in the Champions League qualifier, with the attacking force of Leigh Griffiths, James Forrest and Scott Sinclair.
However, on-loan winger Patrick Roberts is still out through injury.
The experienced Kolo Toure and youngster Eoghan O’Connell make up the defence, while Craig Gordon keeps his place in the net, after the addition of Dorus De Vries.
Celtic fans are disappointed that Dembele isn’t starting, but they have ensured they trust what their manager is doing.
@Celt4Life_07 Same mate would like to have seen big Dembele but need to trust the manager
— Deeaitch (@Andrewhodge88) August 17, 2016
Dembele ahead of Griffiths is a big call. Leigh is a great finisher but misses too many at this level for my liking. Hope I'm wrong…
— Barrie McCabe (@duck_dastardly) August 17, 2016
Would've played Dembele but can see why Griffiths is in. Think we will win 2-0. HH
— Brian Fitzpatrick (@Brian10PeleFitz) August 17, 2016
Massive plus that Rogic starts. Really feel Dembélé should be in the XI though. Griffiths misses far too many chances at this level. #Celtic
— VizualDze 視覺 (@VizualDze) August 17, 2016
Dembélé and Sviatchenko on the bench ? #UCL
— Daniel Johnston (@DanielJ190492) August 17, 2016
Dembele not starting again tonight is a bit of a surprise. But I'm sure he'll come on and cause havoc with a point to prove. ????
— Sam smith (@sammybhoy1967) August 17, 2016
— Daryl Donald (@DarylDonald) August 17, 2016
Celtic have beaten Lincoln Red Imps and Astana to get to this stage, as they look to qualify for the Champions League group stages.
They will be keen to keep a clean sheet and not concede any away goals in Wednesday night’s clash.
In other Celtic team news, Brendan Rodgers has outlined his ambitions for the Bhoys Champions League campaign this season.