'Made for him' - Chris Sutton tips faltering Celtic star to make the difference v Zenit
Chris Sutton believes that Moussa Dembele will have a huge role to play in Celtic’s upcoming Europa League tie against Zenit.
The Hoops take on the Russian side in the first leg of the last 32 at Celtic Park on Thursday and the BT Sport pundit is convinced that the 21-year-old could make the difference in the tie.
“This stage is absolutely made for him. The French striker leapt to everyone’s attention with excellent shows last term in Europe,” Sutton said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“But it didn’t go to plan this year with injury robbing him of peak form. The whole January circus surrounding him didn’t help his season – but it’s all gone now.
“Dembele will be right in the firing line and if he can put Zenit to the sword it will re-establish his credentials as a young striker of outstanding potential and hefty value.”
Dembele was in superb form for the Hoops in his first season with the club, scoring 32 goals as the Bhoys won their first domestic treble in 16 years.
He also made a huge impact in Europe, scoring three times in the Champions League group stages including a memorable double against Manchester City.
This season injuries and squad rotation have seen the Frenchman’s form falter throughout the campaign, and he has scored only nine goals so far, but one of those was against PSG in the Champions League group stages.
He was recently dropped from the first-team as Brendan Rodgers was worried that the constant speculation surrounding his future had affected his form.
Of course, Dembele didn’t leave during the transfer window, and with the injury suffered to Leigh Griffiths he returned to the team for the Scottish Premiership matches against Hearts and Kilmarnock.
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