Chris Sutton has claimed it would be an “absolute disaster” for Celtic to lose centre-forward Moussa Dembele this summer despite the fact they completed a permanent move for Odsonne Edouard on Friday.
Dembele has been frequently linked with a move to England and the Scottish Sun reported in January that the Bhoys rejected a £12million bid from Brighton for him.
The 21-year-old Frenchman has scored 48 goals in just 88 appearances during his time at Parkhead and is being tipped to become a future star set senior level for his national side.
Meanwhile, Brendan Rodgers’ side wrapped up a deal for 20-year-old Edouard on a permanent basis from Paris Saint-Germain after he impressed with 11 goals during his loan spell in the 2017/18 season.
Pundit Sutton is convinced that Celtic can’t afford to lose Dembele regardless of Edouard’s arrival and believes the former is still miles in front.
“As one young Frenchman (Edouard) comes in the front door, Celtic can’t afford to let another one leave through the rear exit,” Sutton wrote in the Daily Record.
“Moussa Dembele has to be retained because he is a far better striker and Brendan Rodgers can’t afford a downgrade going into the Champions League qualifying campaign.
“They are not in the same league as yet and I’m not convinced he’s a natural No.9.
“I hope Celtic dig their heels in over Dembele, because losing him would be an absolute disaster. Edouard has ability but is still raw and we saw last season Celtic need three strikers.”
Football Insider verdict:
Celtic should once again have enough in their squad to dominate in domestic competitions next season, but ultimately they will be judged on how they perform in Europe. Manager Brendan Rodgers is yet to really see his side make a dent in European competitions during his two years with the Scottish giants and will hope next year can see a different outcome. That is the exact reason they should avoid moving on Dembele, as he can be the striker to help them step up a level. The powerhouse looks destined to reach the top bracket with his touch in front of goal and hold up play, which is why Celtic need to keep hold of him for as long as they can. Dembele’s 16-goal return last season may not have lived up to the stunning first campaign where he managed 32 goals, but he is still a youngster that is developing well under Rodgers.
In other Celtic news, a former Hoops boss is delighted with the signing of Edouard