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16th Dec, 2017 | 10:31am

'It’s clearly a fact' - Chris Sutton makes Celtic transfer claim, suggests Dembele resolution

Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton has suggested that if Moussa Dembele leaves the Hoops in January then their chances of Europa League glory are severely diminished.

The French striker has recently admitted that he may he leave Celtic in the January transfer window.

The outspoken BT Sport pundit, writing in his Daily Record column, has claimed that it is clear that the Scottish champions should concentrate on adding to the squad in the January instead of letting players go.

“The Champions League campaign was disappointing and it would be great to see Celtic having a real go in the Europe’s second-tier competition” he said. “That would mean hanging on to their best players and Dembele is certainly in that category.”

“Celtic do need to strengthen, it’s clearly a fact. The Europa League offers a chance to lift that flatness if they can get themselves on a bit of a run.

Sutton concluded: “The best option for both right now is for Dembele to stay and develop and the Bhoys to show ambition by holding onto him for now.”

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The 21-year-old had a sensational first season in Glasgow, scoring 32 goals as the Hoops won their first domestic treble since 2001 and first unbeaten league season since the 1890s.

Amongst the highlights of his season were the first hat-trick in a Celtic-Rangers league match since 1966 and three goals in the Champions League group stages.

This season has been slightly different, as the French under-21 international has struggled with hamstring and ankle injuries but has still managed to score eight goals, including a strike against PSG in the Champions League.

The Hoops return to league duty against Hearts at Tynecastle, hoping to maintain their five point lead over Rangers and Aberdeen at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

The Hoops play their game in hand on their nearest rivals on the 20th of December against Partick Thistle at Celtic Park.

In other Celtic news, the Hoops have again been linked with Leipzig’s Marvin Compper

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