Dembele youth coach: This is how he is feeling at Celtic and 100% what his summer plans must be
By Russell Edge
Moussa Dembele should remain at Celtic and become a local hero, according to his former youth coach Peter Grant.
The Celtic star has shone for the Hoops after joining from Fulham, scoring 27 goals in all competitions, including 17 in the league, as his side stormed to the Scottish Premier League title.
Peter Grant was Dembele’s youth coach at the London club, and he asserts the 20-year-old is happy playing in Scotland, amid rumours that he could be the target of a big money move come the summer.
Speak ahead of Sunday’s Old Firm derby in the Scottish Cup semi-final, Grant told the Scottish Sun: “Moussa is happy at Celtic.
“He has done well and he is at a huge club, playing games and scoring goals at a good level.
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“He is picking up invaluable experience and he needs to be playing games for this next period in his career.”
Grant also warned the young Frenchman, who has made 47 appearances for the Hoops this season, against departing Celtic during the summer.
The Sun has previously linked the 20-year-old with a move to the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool, but his former youth coach has urged him to remain with Brendan Rodgers’ side.
He told the Scottish Sun: “The last thing Moussa wants is to move on and become a bit-part player at a club in a bigger league.
“You see it all the time in England and abroad. Young players go to big clubs and get eaten up.
“Moussa needs to have another year at least at Celtic.
“He’s playing in a good team under a top manager and my advice would be to stay — 100 per cent.”
Dembele, who went on an outstanding goal scoring run earlier this season, scoring twelve goals in six matches, has got form against Rangers this season, having scored 5 goals in 4 games against Celtic’s Glasgow rivals.
Grant knows that such scoring pedigree in the Old Firm derby will ensure he can go down in Celtic history.
“Moussa has proved he can play and score in this game,” he told the Scottish Sun.
“He can become a hero at the club — and there is no better feeling than that.”
In other Celtic news, boss Brendan Rodgers delivered a brutal put-down of Rangers ahead of their Old Firm clash.