By Danny Wright
Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Moussa Dembele will be back in the Celtic squad for Saturday’s trip to Ibrox for the first Old Firm clash of the season against Rangers.
Dembele, 21, was absent from the Hoops’ 4-0 win at Dundee in the League Cup on Wednesday night after making his return from a hamstring injury last weekend by scoring against Ross County.
He played 58 minutes in what was his first competitive match since July and managed to contribute to the 4-0 battering of County by getting his first goal of the season.
Rodgers has now made it clear that Dembele was only left out of the squad that beat Dundee to ease him back into playing regularly and not because has suffered another setback.
“He’ll be back in the squad for the weekend,” said Rodgers, as shown on Sky Sports Scotland’s official Twitter account.
“Sometimes when you have the midweek game, when you have so many games, you’re playing the games and you’re recovering. There’s not a lot of physical work that goes on between the games.
“We’ve got to make a decision, so does he come out of working hard, because he needs the fitness, to play for 45 minutes to an hour? Or does he stay behind and get a good session on the Monday, Tuesday, today, tomorrow?”
— Sky Sports Scotland (@ScotlandSky) September 21, 2017
There’s no doubt that Dembele’s return to action is a major boost for Celtic, especially when they gear up to play bitter rivals Rangers at Ibrox this weekend.
The Frenchman bagged a hat-trick in his very first all-Glasgow encounter in last season’s 5-1 hammering of the Light Blues and is widely seen as one of the most talented strikers in Scotland due to his natural finishing ability.
In other Celtic news, Chris Sutton has hit out at Craig Bellamy after he made a huge claim about the Hoops.