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26th Apr, 2017 | 2:18pm

Celtic make key decision on senior ace after devastating setback - report

By Matt Farr

Celtic are set to ease Moussa Dembele back to full fitness ahead of the Champions League qualifiers this summer, according to a report.

The Daily Record claim that Celtic are to minimise the risk of aggravating his injury any further by drawing up a rehabilitation programme that will see him in peak condition for their busy summer fixture schedule.

Dembele, 20, limped off with a hamstring injury during the 2-0 win over Rangers in the Scottish Cup semi final on Sunday, and the Scottish Sun confirmed on Tuesday that he will be out for five weeks.

The devastating setback means the Celtic star will miss the Scottish Cup Final meeting with Aberdeen next month, which could see Celtic complete their domestic treble haul.

Dembele has been an important figure for the club this season, contributing 32 goals and nine assists from 49 appearances in all competitions.

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However, the key decision reportedly made by Celtic regarding the striker’s rehabilitation will please fans, with the club prioritising their European campaign next season.

Celtic are set to begin their Champions League qualification campaign as early as July, and Dembele will be a vital asset in the club’s bid to reach the group-stage.

The Hoops could play as many as six qualification games before reaching the group-stage, and Dembele’s recovery will be tailored to ensure he is in the best physical condition possible for their campaign.

In other Celtic news, Alex McLeish has revealed what Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha has to do to close the gap on Celtic.

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