Celtic

Celtic striker Moussa Dembele looks like he will be heading through the exit door at Parkhead this summer if manager Brendan Rodgers’ latest comments are anything to go by.

The Hoops boss has spoken about the future of the 21-year-old Frenchman but has revealed that he is unconcerned should he lose the forward due to the rise of Odsonne Edouard.

There has been reported interest in Dembele according to The Scottish Sun from Everton, Brighton and Crystal Palace.

As quoted in The Scottish Sun Rodgers gave his verdict on the potential situation and admitted his lack of concern: “We wouldn’t want to lose him, but you have to think he’s a big talent and something may happen in the summer.

“We try and have the next one lined up.”

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Admittedly Dembele has been nowhere near as prolific as he has been in comparison to last season when he set the Scottish Premiership on fire. And these comments from Rodgers would appear to show that the writing is on the wall for the hitman. 15 goals in 36 outings in 2017/18 compared to the 32 in 49 of the previous campaign shows how the 21-year-old’s form has dipped. While Edouard has 11 so far this season, the Paris Saint-Germain loanee has impressed since his move from the French capital last summer but at 20 is still just a bit-part player at Celtic. We think that Edouard is a downgrade on Dembele, who at 21 was always bound to go through an iffy spell with the club. But Rodgers’ comments appear to nail the coffin in for the France U21 and he will be off this summer, possibly to test himself further in the Premier League.

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