Celtic striker Moussa Dembele has joked he almost lost his leg in the 2-0 Scottish League Cup final win over Motherwell at Hampden on Sunday after a heavy challenge from Motherwell’s Cedric Kipre.
Referee Craig Thomson took no action against the ‘Well defender for the flashpoint – which could have caused serious injury had he made real contact with Dembele – before Kipre eventually saw red after an outrageous dive from Scott Sinclair in the second-half.
Goals from Dembele and James Forrest secured Celtic’s fourth consecutive trophy as Brendan Rodgers’ side took their unbeaten domestic run to 65 games.
Dembele was booked shortly after the challenge by Kipre for a similar-looking tackle on Karl McHugh but the striker saw the funny side after his side lifted the trophy at the national stadium.
“Another trophy, another win. Almost lost my leg there but we’re still unbeaten,” Dembele said in the post on his personal Twitter account.
“On to the next one, thanks for your support Bhoys and Ghirls you were brilliant”
Another trophy, another win. Almost lost my leg there ???????? but we’re still unbeaten ????. On to the next one, thanks for your support Bhoys and Ghirls you were brilliant @celticfc ????????????
— Moussa Dembélé (@MDembele_10) November 26, 2017
Dembele scored from the penalty after Kipre was sent-off in the second-half as he took his goal tally for the season to 8 after missing a big chunk through injury.
The Frenchman scored twice in the semi-final against Hibs at Hampden and also scored in last year’s final against Aberdeen which the Hoops also won.
The Hoops face Motherwell again on Wednesday in the Scottish Premiership and Dembele could come head-to-head with Kipre again after their altercation on Sunday.
In other Celtic news, ex-Hoops manager Neil Lennon has taken a brutal swipe at Rangers for their manager search.