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17th Jun, 2018 | 10:15am

'Can't replace him' - Chris Sutton says Celtic CL hopes rest on keeping star man

Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton believes that the Hoops must retain the services of striker Moussa Dembele even though the Bhoys recently completed a club record transfer of Moussa Dembele.

Sutton has claimed that it is vital that Dembele is kept at the club until the end of the Champions League qualification process at least, as he could make the difference between making the money spinning group stages and missing out on them.

“If Celtic sell Dembele the chances of Champions League qualification diminish, can’t replace him” he said, as quoted on his personal Twitter account.

Dembele struggled with injury last season, but still managed to score 16 goals for the Hoops and was the main striker for the side when he was fit.

Football Insider verdict

Chris Sutton has no doubts that the Hoops should keep hold of Moussa Dembele, and he is probably right, as he has proved himself for the Hoops in the biggest matches over the last two seasons. The bigger question is will the Bhoys be able to keep hold of the Frenchman, as bids are bound to come in from teams all over Europe. Brendan Rodgers and the Hoops board will need to weigh up the pros and cons before deciding if to sell the 21-year-old, who still has two years left to run on his contract. It could all come down to Champions League qualification. If the Hoops make the group stages for the third season in a row, then you would imagine that Dembele will want to stay for one more shot at the biggest tournament in club football. If the Hoops fail to make the group stages though, it could be in the club’s best interests to sell Dembele on before the transfer window slams shut at the end of August.

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