By James Black
Injured Celtic striker Moussa Dembele has admitted his frustration watching the Hoops’ 5-0 Champions League demolition at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain – but revealed he will be back soon as Celtic face key matches in the next few weeks.
The Frenchman has been out since July after suffering a hamstring injury but, after a rehabilitation stint at France’s Clairefontaine facility, has returned to training at the Hoops’ Lennoxtown base.
Dembele’s Tweet will please Celtic fans amid a host of injury concern with Rodgers’s forced into bringing Odsonne Edouard in on a season-long loan.
“In CL (Champions League) you face the best team in the world… Frustrated I couldn’t help the Bhoys but I’ll be back soon. Atmosphere was epic” he Tweeted to his 139,000 followers after the final whistle at Celtic Park.
In CL you face the best team in the world… Frustrated I couldn't help the Bhoys but I'll B back soon. Atmosphere was epic????.????????@celticfc
— Moussa Dembélé (@MDembele_10) September 12, 2017
With games against Rangers and Anderlecht coming up in the next few weeks, the return of last season’s top scorer would be a welcome boost for Brendan Rodgers’ side as they aim for a seventh successive title.
Dembele was linked with a move away from Celtic Park over the summer as the Scottish champions braced themselves for a big-money offer but none materialised and Dembele remained a Celt after deadline day.
The 21-year-old scored 32 goals in 51 appearances for the Hoops last season after his summer move from Championship side Fulham and grabbed a hat-trick on his Old Firm debut in a 5-1 mauling.
Leigh Griffiths, Tom Rogic and Odsonne Edouard have deputised for Celtic during Dembele’s injury but it’s clear Dembele remains key to Rodgers plans this season.
Dembele is unlikely to feature this weekend against Ross County but could be back in Rodgers’ squad for the trip to Ibrox on September 23rd.
In other Celtic news, the club have launched a £1.5million bid to sign a midfielder from Premier League giants.