Guardian: The bad news for Rangers ahead of Celtic showdown (not Foderingham)
By Alex Stevens
Moussa Dembele’s marquee-match exploits spell “bad news” for Rangers ahead of Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final showdown against Celtic, according to a report.
The Guardian claim the prospect of Dembele being worth £30million would have been scoffed at by those observing his ineffective performance at Ross County last week.
But the bad news for Rangers is that Dembele has a reputation for producing the goods in the matches that matter the most.
The Guardian points out that proof of the striker’s ability to rise to the occasion came in the Champions League when he scored twice against Manchester City as well as in the three previous Old Firm matches this season.
The France Under-21 international scored a hat-trick on his Old Firm debut, scored the opener in Celtic’s win on New Year’s Eve and continued the trend by netting the winner in the League Cup semi-final.
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It is this big-match ability that suggests Dembele is a rare talent, as much as the 32 goals from 48 matches in all competitions that haven accompanied his debut campaign at Parkhead.
He has not scored in over a month but the speculation linking him with a move south of the border has not died down over that period.
It has been reported by one newspaper that Tottenham have already won the race to sign Dembele, while Chelsea have also been strongly linked with a mega-money swoop.
The Hoops are eyeing the domestic treble and will move one step closer if they can beat bitter rivals Rangers in Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden.