By support

13th Dec, 2017 | 6:41pm

'It is difficult' - Celtic striker admits frustration about being sidelined

Celtic striker Moussa Dembele has admitted that he has been left frustrated with the injury problems that had plagued him this season.

The highly-rated Frenchman has missed large parts of the season with hamstring issues, and struggles to play two games in a week, as he was a substitute in the recent 2-2 draw with Hibs on Sunday.

Despite the injury problems, Dembele, 21, still has eight goals this season, but as quoted by the Scottish Sun, his injury problems have left him annoyed, particularly when he has to watch games from the stands at Celtic Park.

He said: “It is difficult to watch the games from the stand, of course. You imagine yourself on the pitch and what you would be doing if you were.

“But you are never 100 per cent fit. Ask any player, you might be in good shape, but you are never 100 per cent fit.”

Dembele missed part of Celtic’s Champions League group stage campaign with injuries, but he returned with a goal in under a minute against PSG.

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The 21-year-old had an outstanding first season in Glasgow, scoring 32 goals as the Hoops clinched their first domestic treble since 2001.

Injuries blighted the end of last season however, and Dembele was only fit enough to be on the bench for the 2-1 Scottish Cup Final triumph over Aberdeen.

Despite his injury problems, the French under-21 international is an in-demand player and it seems likely that teams will make big money bids for him in the January transfer window.

In other Celtic news, the Hoops have been handed a Champions League financial boost

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