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6th Sep, 2017 | 12:35pm

Report details how many more games Celtic ace Dembele is likely to miss

By Derek Smithson

Celtic forward Moussa Dembele could make his injury return later in September against Old Firm rivals Rangers and is set to miss four games during that time, according to a report.

The Scottish Sun claim that the 21-year-old has returned to training for the Bhoys and is edging towards full fitness.

It is understood that the France Under-21 international is on course to be back in time for the showdown against Rangers on 23 September.

Dembele has been absent since July with a hamstring injury and has missed nine matches since, but he could still be absent for another four games before he returns.

Brendan Rodgers’ side have two league clashes against Hamilton and Ross County respectively, while they also travel to Dundee for a League Cup quarter-final.

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The Frenchman may most importantly miss the opening game of the Champions League group stages at home to Paris Saint-Germain on 12 September.

Celtic may have to make do without their star striker for the first European clash and his return is eagerly anticipated.

Dembele is a highly-rated talent at Parkhead and enjoyed a superb first season last year following his arrival from Fulham.

The forward made 49 appearances across all competitions and struck an impressive 32 goals in return.

He will be desperately keen to make his return against Rangers as last season he managed five goals against Celtic’s bitter rivals to help him become a firm fan favourite.

In other Celtic news, Scott Brown has lashed out at an opponent following Scotland’s win over Malta.

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