Huge Celtic blow as Rodgers unsure if star will make September clash v PSG
By Harvey Byrne
Celtic have been dealt a huge blow with manager Brendan Rodgers unsure if star forward Moussa Dembele will make the Hoops’ mid-September Champions League group clash against Paris Saint-Germain.
The 21-year-old striker has not appeared for the Glasgow giants since a July Champions League encounter against Linfield due to injury, leaving Rodgers’ side without a striker on some occasions due to Leigh Griffiths also spending time on the sidelines.
Many had been hoping that Dembele would be making a return in the near future, especially with a vital fixture coming up against a side as strong as PSG.
However, manager Rodgers seemed more certain that star Dembele would be missing the clash in just under three weeks time, which will come as a massive blow to Celtic as they look to progress beyond the Champions League group stage.
“I’m not sure whether that first group game will be too early for him but it looks like it,” told Rodgers, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
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“He’s progressing well but what’s important is that he gets back for the remainder of the season.”
Dembele played in all six of Celtic’s Champions League group stage matches last season and proved one of the bright parts of a bleak campaign, bagging twice against Manchester City as well as a single effort against Borussia Monchengladbach.
Hoops fans will have been hoping to have his firepower in the side to face PSG, but it looks likely that Griffiths will now be leading the line after Rodgers’ comments.
In other Celtic news, John Hartson reacted on Twitter to the Hoops’ Champions League draw.