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6th Jul, 2016 | 9:03am

All-time great makes huge claim about potential of Celtic teenager

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane believes that Celtic’s new signing Moussa Dembele can blossom into a French superstar.

The former Ballon d’Or winner is a fan of the former Fulham striker, and believes Hoops manager Brendan Rodgers has pulled off a major coup by beating some European big guns to his signature.

The French all-time great believes the surprise move to Scotland is one that will only benefit Dembele.

“Dembele is an exciting player potentially for France, he has already shown what he is capable of,” Zidane said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“He is a very big singing for Celtic. I like to follow the progress of exciting, young, French players, and I know that Bayern, Monaco and Juventus were all looking at him – so it really is big that Celtic managed to sign him.”

The former Liverpool manager won the race to sign the 19-year-old, whose contract expired and was available on a free, with a £500,000 compensation fee going to the Craven Cottage outfit.

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The French youth international scored 17 goals for Fulham last season, and has already declared that he wants to become the best player in the world in a self-assured press conference last week. Zidane added that first-team football at Celtic Park is exactly what he needs.

He said: “I think it’s a good move for him, he needs first time football, to develop the skills he already he has and I think he will get that at Celtic. He is still so young, he can look at another move in four or five years time and still then he will only be a very young player.”

Dembele is set to make his first appearance for the Hoops in their third pre-season friendly against Slovenian champions Olimpija Ljubljana tonight.

In other Celtic news, striker Leigh Griffiths has launched this blistering attack on Rangers new bad-boy.