Former Celtic manager Davie Hay believes that Moussa Dembele owes his team-mates and supporters a big performance in the upcoming Europa League clash against Zenit.
The 21-year-old striker has been much-criticised by supporters in recent weeks, after a series of poor performances, particularly in comparison to his performances last season.
Hay thinks that if Dembele is on his game then he could be the man to fire the Bhoys into a first leg victory.
“For a while now we have been waiting for Moussa Dembele to recapture his form from last season, but you cannot hang around forever. There comes a point when you have to start producing” Hay said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“He has that capability and what he has to set his sights on between now and the end of the season is on reproducing that.”
“The first-leg of the Europa League tie against Zenit St Petersburg would be an ideal platform for Dembele to underline what he has got.”
Dembele has struggled at times this season, with both injuries and squad rotation playing their part in what has been an indifferent season so far.
The Frenchman scored 32 goals last season, including three in the Champions League group stages, most notably two against Manchester City.
Despite his indifferent form this season Dembele has still chipped in with nine goals, including one against French league leaders PSG in the Champions League group stages.
Dembele was recently left out of the first-team by Brendan Rodgers as the manager was concerned that speculation had affected the players’ form.
The Frenchman returned to the side for the recent matches against Hearts and Kilmarnock, and he seems likely to start the upcoming Scottish Cup match against Partick before the Zenit game.
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