Celtic star shortlisted for global award, Parkhead faithful also nominated
By James Black
Celtic star Moussa Dembele has been nominated on the shortlist by FIFA for the Puskás Award – given for the best goal scored in the men’s and women’s game globally.
Dembele’s sensational goal in the 5-2 win over St. Johnstone included a rabona, 25 passes, a backheel and had every single one of Celtic’s players involved in the build up.
It rounded off a hat-trick for the French hitman and now FIFA’s panel of experts have named it one of the top 10 goals scored anywhere on the planet over the 12 months.
Dembele had a fantastic debut season in Scotland, scoring 32 times in 49 appearances, as he helped Brendan Rodgers’ side to an undefeated domestic treble.
The panel who selected Dembele’s goal includes Cafu, Carlos Valderrama, Edwin van der Sar and Diego Maradona.
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Other players nominated include Olivier Giroud, Mario Mandzukic, Nemanja Matic and Kevin-Prince Boateng.
FIFA confirmed the nomination in a list posted to their official website on Friday.
As well as Dembele’s nomination for the Puskás Award, Celtic’s supporters have also been nominated for an award by FIFA.
Along with Borussia Dortmund and FC Copenhagen fans, the Hoops support have been shortlisted for the FIFA Fans’ Award.
Supporters are nominated for ‘outstanding moments’ and the Parkhead tifo to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the club’s European Cup win in Lisbon and becoming the first British club to lift the trophy win has wowed FIFA’s selection panel.
Last year was the first year FIFA handed the Fans Award out with Liverpool and Dortmund fans sharing it after the two sets of fans sang Liverpool anthem “You’ll Never Walk Alone” together to remember Hillsborough victims on the eve of the 27th anniversary of the disaster ahead of their UEFA Europa League match at Anfield in April 2016.
The winners will be announced in a ceremony at the world-famous London Palladium on 23 October.
In other Celtic news, there has been a major injury blow ahead of the Hoops’ upcoming big fixture.