By Alex Taylor

Celtic striker Moussa Dembele has paid tribute to the excellence of striker partner Leigh Griffiths and claim they are already on the same wavelength ahead of next season.

Dembele joined the Hoops on a free transfer on 28 June after three years at Fulham and will now battle it out for the lead striking role at Celtic Park.

The 19-year-old striker caught the eye of leading European clubs after an outstanding season in the English second tier in which he scored 17 goals and provided seven assists in all competitions, but will now face a new challenge after being paired with this season’s SPL top-scorer for the Bhoys.

“Leigh is a very clever player, and he understands how I play. We played as if we already knew each other, so that is also good for the team,” Dembele told the Evening Times. “From the moment we trained together, we felt we knew each other’s game.”

The 19-year-old was hailed as the next Thierry Henry when he joined Fulham from Paris Saint-Germain in 2012 initially on a three-year contract. The deal was extended by a further 12 months last summer when both parties decided to trigger the option of a 12-month extension.

Dembele had a medical at Tottenham in the January transfer window but the deal collapsed and he returned to west London.

Football Insider revealed in February that Dembele had rejected a contract offer from Fulham that would have quadrupled his wages.

Fulham will now only recoup the £250,000 fee they paid for the Frenchman due to Fifa rules for players moving overseas as opposed to staying in England.

In other Celtic news, the Scottish giants have been told to increase their offer for a key Premier League target.