By Danny Wright
Celtic could be without a traditional striker for Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Rosenborg after Moussa Dembele missed training on Tuesday, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claims that the 21-year-old was at the Bhoys’ Lennoxtown training base, but didn’t join in with the rest of his team-mates in their match preparations.
It is understood that Dembele is open to a move away from Parkhead this summer with Marseille being the latest to join a host of clubs in the race for the Frenchman’s signature.
The report adds that Marseille “could land” Dembele if they meet Celtic’s £20million valuation of their key player.
Leigh Griffiths is suspended for Wednesday’s first leg clash with Norwegian giants Rosenborg, meaning that Brendan Rodgers could be forced to utilise a player out of their comfort zone in order to fill a potential void up front.
Dembele was in hot form for Celtic in his debut season last time out as he netted 32 goals in 49 appearances across all competitions despite suffering a number of injury setbacks.
He featured in both of the Hoops’ last Champions League fixtures against Linfield, where Rodgers’ men prevailed 6-0 on aggregate.
Football Insider Verdict
Unfortunately, this looks like it could be the making of a player trying to force a move away from his club – and that is never a good thing. Dembele has to show a lot more loyalty to Celtic and at least have another half a season with the Hoops just to prove that he isn’t a one-season wonder. It remains to be seen how well he performs after suffering a spate of injuries in the second half of the 2016/17 campaign. The Parkhead faithful will no doubt be hoping that he sat out of training just because of an injury, otherwise things could turn ugly as this transfer saga takes yet another twist.