Celtic

By James Black

Celtic captain Scott Brown was delighted with the impact the three substitutes made against Hibernian in the Scottish League Cup semi-final win on Saturday – and picked out Moussa Dembele as someone who can improve Brendan Rodgers’ side.

Dembele came off the bench to score twice in the 4-2 win over Hibs at Hampden as he continues to make his comeback from an injury picked up at the start of the season.

Brown highlighted Dembele’s physical stature and ability to hold play up as the lone striker in Brendan Rodgers’ preferred 4-2-3-1 formation.

Tom Rogic and James Forrest also came off the bench at Hampden and offered something a little different from Stuart Armstrong and Patrick Roberts who they replaced in the second-half.

The Hoops faced Neil Lennon’s side just a few days after going down 3-0 to Bayern Munich in the Champions League and Brown admitted there were some tired legs at the national stadium.

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“You are always going to feel a bit of fatigue but we got subs on that gave us a bit more momentum in the second half,” Brown said, as quoted by the Evening Telegraph website.

“Jamesy came on and Tom, who is always nice and relaxed on the ball and composed, and Moussa is always a goal threat.

“The size of him scares defenders and he holds the ball in and gives us a different way to play.”

Mikael Lustig also scored twice for Celtic on Saturday as they extended their unbeaten domestic run to 60 games.

Rodgers’ side will face Motherwell in the final next month after the Steelmen stunned Rangers 2-0 on Sunday after a second-half brace from Louis Moult.

Celtic return to Scottish Premiership action on Wednesday night when they travel to Pittodrie to face Aberdeen.

The two sides are level on points at the top of the Scottish Premiership table and both sides will be deserate for the win to open up a small gap.

In other Celtic news, this Premier League giant has ramped up their pursuit of a Celtic first-team mainstay after jetting out on a transfer mission.

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