Former Celtic manager Davie Hay has revealed that he would start Moussa Dembele up-front in the Hoops’ match against Hibernian on Saturday.
The French under-21 international hasn’t started for the Hoops in the last two matches since the return from the winter break, being kept on the bench as speculation has surrounded his future.
Despite this, Hay believes that Dembele deserves the nod over Leigh Griffiths, who scored the winning goal against Partick on Tuesday night.
“If I were in Brendan Rodgers’ shoes I would start with Moussa Dembele up front against Hibs today. On his game Dembele is the best striker at Celtic Park. And no-one wins with the striker warming a bench” he said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“He is young, he is an outstanding striker and he is capable of playing at the very top level. It is to his and to Celtic’s benefit to get back on the pitch and allow what may to come over the next week or so.”
Speculation has been mounting over the future of the player for weeks, with Brendan Rodgers most recently claiming that the Hoops have turned down a bid from an unnamed club for the 21-year-old, and that there is no interest in selling the player.
Dembele had a sensational first season in Glasgow, scoring 32 goals as the Hoops won their first domestic treble since 2001 and completed an unbeaten domestic season for the first time since the 1890s.
This season the player hasn’t been as prolific due to injury and squad rotations, but he has still contributed nine goals, including one against PSG in the Champions League group stages.
Time will tell if any more bids are made for the player, or if he will return to the Hoops’ first team.
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