'We have to stop him' - James Rodriguez names danger man ahead of Celtic clash v Bayern Munich
By Aramide Oladipo
Bayern Munich attacking midfielder James Rodriguez has singled out Celtic talisman Moussa Dembele as the danger man ahead of the upcoming Champions League clash.
The 21-year-old missed the early stages of the season due to a hamstring injury but he has recently come back into the fold and produced some impressive displays.
The Frenchman has scored four goals in his last two matches for the Hoops, notching a consecutive doubles in the League Cup semi-final against Hibernian and top of the table clash against Aberdeen last week,
Brendan Rodgers decided to rest the striker on the weekend as Celtic were held to a 1-1 draw against Kilmarnock at Parkhead.
Ahead of Tuesday night’s European tie, Rodriguez believes that the Bundesliga champions need to keep a close eye on Dembele.
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“I’ve seen images of him and it’s clear that he has good quality,” he said as quoted in the Daily Record.
“For us to avoid any problems against Celtic in Glasgow, we have to stop him.
“We know that Bayern are superior to Celtic but we have to demonstrate that on the pitch next Tuesday.
“It won’t be an easy match for us and the result of the first game doesn’t matter now. I expect a tough match in Scotland because Celtic will want revenge.”
Rodriguez notched up his only his second league goal of the season as Bayern defeated rivals RB Leipzig 2-0 at the Allianz Arena on Saturday.
The Columbia international has struggled to make the desired impact in Germany since his summer switch from Real Madrid, only managing to complete the full 90 minutes on two occasions this season.
The playmaker made a substitute appearance against the Hoops when Bayern strolled to a comfortable 3-0 victory two weeks ago.