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17th May, 2017 | 8:50pm

Dembele makes bold claim about upcoming Celtic Champions League campaign

By Matt Bullin

Celtic star Moussa Dembele has claimed his side will do better in the Champions League next season.

The Hoops were knocked out of the competition in the group stage this season, after failing to pick up a single win in their six games, losing three and drawing three.

However their form in domestic competitions and the league has been altogether different and they are currently 44 games unbeaten.

The Bhoys have already won the Scottish Premiership and the Scottish League Cup, but they are eyeing up a Scottish Cup too, and will face Aberdeen in the final in May.

Dembele believes his side are better prepared for a European campaign next season, though he is under no illusions over how tough it will be.

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Speaking in the Herald, the French striker said:  “We will be better prepared. We have played a whole season together and have done great.

“Next season will be better although I can’t say it will be easier. One thing for sure, we have improved this season and are now a better team.

“We will work hard to do better next season. The manager knows what he has to do to make the team better.”

It’s a bold claim as Celtic’s domestic form can flatter to deceive, although there were glimpses this season that the Bhoys can start to compete at the top.

Dembele has been in superb form for Brendan Rodgers’ side this season and has bagged 32 goals in 49 league and cup games.

The 20-year-old shone in Europe for the Hoops too, despite their disappointing campaign, scoring five goals in 12 games.

Dembele has scored four goals in four appearances for France Under-21s.

In other Celtic news, this German club are set to rival Hoops to sign this 19-year-old starlet.

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