Celtic fans react on Twitter to axed Dembele v Partick Thistle
By Harvey Byrne
Moussa Dembele dropped to the bench for Celtic in Friday evening’s clash with Partick Thistle – and Hoops fans believe it is the right decision.
The 20-year-old forward has started two matches in the last six days in clashes against Motherwell and Manchester City.
He failed to score in either match and more alarmingly he has scored just the one goal in his last six appearances for the Hoops.
The change has seen front man Leigh Griffiths come back into the team and he will be keen to take the opportunity with both hands.
The 26-year-old Scotland international has played in 19 fixtures this season, scoring nine goals for Brendan Rodgers’ outfit.
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Celtic fans have supported Rodgers’ decision on social media with many believing Dembele is in need of a rest.
Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Happy with that team for tonight, think Dembele needed a wee break, will do him good, but I did hope to see Henderson on the bench #celtic
— Dresden CSC (@Dresden_CSC) December 9, 2016
Good to see GMS & Gamboa starting, also great to see Griffiths back, Dembele's been off form as of late, COYBIG ???????? https://t.co/2VkJLd9bvi
— Kieran Smyth (@kieransmyth97) December 9, 2016
after a poor couple few games for dembele hes been taken out for Griffiths. Hopefully griff can rediscover his firm!
— Jed Marr???? (@jedmarr8892) December 9, 2016
Interesting that Brendan would rather move Lustig to CB than play Toure. Hopefully dropping/resting will give Dembele a push
— Graeme McKay (@PodestrianG) December 9, 2016
Wee Griff back in . Good move I think .
Dembele's been out of sorts recently and Griff needs a bit of game time
— Derek (@TheBhoyMoz) December 9, 2016
Team dembele benched . Good call pic.twitter.com/2v2WNDC8iG
— pat gow (@ticgran) December 9, 2016
Great to see Griffiths starting after Dembele's form slumped over the last few matches. Keeps the team on it's toes. https://t.co/DJ8STSmsAK
— JoeDoddsCSC (@JoeDoddsCSC) December 9, 2016
Celtic have already suffered elimination from the Champions League group stage, but in the Premiership they are well on course to win their sixth title in a row.
Rodgers’ outfit have won their last eight league matches and sit eight points clear of second placed Rangers, playing three games less.
They will be expecting to beat Partick, who sit joint bottom of the SPL table with 14 points from 15 fixtures.