'Miles off the pace' - BBC pundit slams one Celtic player after win v Hibernian
BBC Sport Scotland pundit Tam McManus has slammed Moussa Dembele following Celtic’s 1-0 win against Hibernian at Parkhead on Saturday.
Dembele, 21, was left on the bench yet again by Brendan Rodgers ahead of kick-off in the Scottish Premiership fixture, but the Frenchman was called into action in the first-half when he replaced the injury Leigh Griffiths, who had earlier scored what turned out to be the winner for the Hoops.
Speculation has swirled around the the striker’s future at Parkhead this month, and Rodgers may not have done much to help quell that by constantly naming the ex-Fulham player on the bench.
The France Under-21 international has not played in more than three Scottish Premiership games in a row since October, so a lack of momentum may be what is behind his poor form.
McManus was not so forgiving for Dembele though, criticising him for yet another futile display in front of goal.
“Huge blow for Celtic with Griffiths going off injured as Dembele by all accounts again miles off the pace,” he said on his personal Twitter account on Saturday after the game.
Hibs need a quality striker in the building DESPERATELY. According to reports again today powderpuff in the final third. Huge blow for Celtic with Griffiths going off injured as Dembele by all accounts again miles off the pace.
— Tam McManus (@The_Tman10) January 27, 2018
Dembele has made 22 appearances in all competitions for Celtic this season, scoring eight goals in the process.
He had constant problems with hamstring injuries for most of 2017 and was not able to get a real run in the Hoops first-team until September after missing most of the back end of last term.
With the Frenchman widely linked with a move away from Glasgow this month, many may be suggesting that the striker’s head has been turned and that he no longer wants to stay at Celtic Park.
In other Celtic news, a BBC pundit has made a bold claim about Rangers’ ability to chase down the Hoops.
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