By Will Butcher
Moussa Dembele will not be a Celtic player next season, according to former Fulham teammate Lewis Holtby.
The three-time Germany international believes that if the French wonderkid can continue his emphatic form in front of goal, then Celtic will struggle to keep a hold of their top scorer.
Holtby revealed that Dembele was destined to be a star after being impressed with Celtic’s number 10 from their first training session together.
“I knew the first time I saw him that he was a bit special,” Holtby told the Daily Mail. “He was very young at Fulham when I was there, maybe only 18 years old.
“But you could see his power even back then. He’s so strong and he’s got a great eye in front of goal. He can bury chances, he has proved that already this season by scoring goals against City.
“This could be his last season at Celtic, I really believe that. If he keeps scoring goals, with his age, it could be his last year there.”
Dembele has started the season in emphatic form, scoring 13 goals in 18 league and cup encounters after Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers beat a whole host of European clubs to sign the 20-year-old.
Holtby, who played for Fulham for a year on loan after falling down the pecking order at North London giants Tottenham, is now with Bundesliga outfit Hamburger SV after failing to prevent Fulham from Premier League relegation in 2014.
Dembele is set to feature against one of Holtby’s old clubs, Borussia Moenchengladbach, on Tuesday night as Rodgers’ side look to build on the 3-3 draw against Manchester City.