By Harvey Byrne
Real Madrid and Barcelona sent representatives to the Old Firm derby on Saturday to watch Celtic striker Moussa Dembele, according to a report.
French football publication Get French Football News has claimed that the two La Liga giants sent scouts to watch the 20-year-old forward.
Dembele responded with a stunning hat-trick – the first by a Celtic player in an Old Firm league clash for half a century – as Brendan Rodgers’ side hammered their rivals 5-1.
The France Under-20 international joined Celtic in the summer from Championship side Fulham, agreeing a four-year deal with the club.
The youngster has started his career at Celtic in impressive form with 7 goals from his opening 12 appearances for the club.
This may have alerted the two Spanish giants, who aren’t short on options upfront, but will be keen to add talented players to their respective sides.
Barcelona boss Luis Enrique also had the chance to have a first hand look at Dembele, who started the match and played the full 90 minutes, as the Spanish side ran out emphatic 7-0 winners against Celtic on Wednesday evening.
Dembele missed a penalty in the match with 24 minutes on the clock, as he threw away the opportunity to put his side back level at 1-1 after a goal from Lionel Messi in the first five minutes.
In other Celtic transfer news, the Hoops and Rangers are monitoring Barnsley midfielder Conor Hourihane.