By Danny Wright
Moussa Dembele has wasted no time in reminding Rangers of their Europa League humiliation against Progres Niederkorn after Celtic secured their spot in the Champions League group stages on Tuesday night.
Brendan Rodgers’ men eased past Astana with an 8-4 aggregate victory despite suffering defeat in Kazakhstan and will have their name feature in this week’s draw for the next round.
Rangers returned to European football earlier this summer but failed to show any signs of promise as they were dumped out at the first qualification round to the hands of Luxembourg minnows Progres.
Dembele, 21, took Celtic’s success to fire a dig at Rangers by using Progres’ name to describe his club’s success against Astana on Tuesday.
“To the Champions League we Progrès! Well done Bhoys, we’re back to the finest European football,” said the France Under-21 international on his personal Twitter account after the game.
— Moussa Dembélé (@MDembele_10) August 22, 2017
Dembele missed both of the clashes with Astana due to an injury which has hampered most of the start of his season.
Leigh Griffiths has been standing in for the ex-Fulham striker, but the Scot has also had his fair share of injury difficulties in recent months and has taken a while to get himself up to full fitness.
His French team-mate helped fire the Hoops to an unbeaten domestic treble last season as he scored 32 goals in 49 appearances across all competitions, with three of them coming in the Champions League.
In other Celtic news, Chris Sutton wouldn’t be surprised if the Hoops sold this 25-year-old.