COMMENT By Dominic Toner
Football Insider names Celtic’s young player of the year for 2016.
Celtic have had several inexperienced players develop into crucial first team figures during the course of the year and there is a real youthful look to Brendan Rodgers’ squad.
Moussa Dembele has been the club’s best young player, beating off tough competition from the likes of Tom Rogic, Patrick Roberts and Kieran Tierney.
The 20-year-old only moved to the Scottish champions in the summer transfer window and has had a huge impact on the club.
He is now regarded as one of the best young players in Europe and is expected to reach the highest level of football in the future.
Dembele arrived at Celtic Park after an impressive spell at Championship club Fulham and has settled extremely quickly.
The forward managed to dislodge team-mate Leigh Griffiths from the starting XI, who was the first-choice striker for Celtic last season.
Dembele has made 32 appearances across all competitions since his arrival and already scored 17 goals.
The Frenchman has become crucial in Rodgers’ team this season and netted on three occasions during the Champions League group stages.
He has now put himself on the radar of some of Europe’s biggest clubs, but will be focused on helping lift the league title and is currently three goals behind Ross County’s Liam Boyce in the chase for the golden boot.
Dembele has already become a fan favourite after his ability to score in the big games, with a goal in the League Cup final win against Aberdeen and a hat-trick in the Old Firm 5-1 demolition over Rangers.
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