Celtic

By Will Butcher

Davie Hay believes Brendan Rodgers must boost his Celtic options in the final third with Moussa Dembele’s future still in doubt.

The Express claims Everton are the latest club to throw their hat into the ring for the 20-year-old wonderkid, with Manchester United also interested.

Former Celtic player and manager Hay claimed on Glasgow Evening Times’ website that Rodgers must consider a “contingency plan” in case they receive an offer for Dembele that is too good to turn down.

Hay believes that relying on striker Leigh Griffiths must be avoided, with another Champions League campaign on the horizon in 2017-18.

“Dembele is inevitably attracting attention,” Hay said. “While I don’t think he will leave, it would be sensible to have a contingency plan in place should that happen.

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“What happens if a really big club comes in late in the summer transfer window with an offer of silly money that the club just can’t turn down?

“It would leave them with a major problem and they would have to go back to being heavily reliant on Griffiths again, which I’m not saying he couldn’t handle.”

Dembele has been in sublime form for the Bhoys this term, following his move north to Glasgow from Championship outfit Fulham in the summer.

Already tallying up 32 goals in just 46 league and cup appearances this season, the France Under-21’s international is likely to be the subject of interest in the summer.

Celtic’s number 10 is expected to go one game closer to his 50th appearance for the Hoops on April 2, making his 47th appearance against Hearts at Tynecastle Stadium.

Rodgers’ side could clinch the Scottish Premiership title with a win against Hearts, but may already become champions if Aberdeen lose to Dundee on March 31.

In other Celtic news, Scott Sinclair has made this admission about his explosive form since his move from Aston Villa.

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