Former Celtic midfielder Murdo MacLeod believes it is inevitable that French striker Moussa Dembele will leave the Hoops this summer.
He thinks that the permanent signing of Odsonne Edouard in a club-record deal will make him first choice striker from now on, and that the time is right for both the Hoops and Dembele to move on.
“You don’t spend that kind of money on a player unless you plan to make him a first choice” he said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“Edouard looks like he will be a regular and Leigh Griffiths will also play his fair share of games, so it’s all pointing towards Dembele leaving.
“He’s been a great signing for Celtic but now is probably the right time for both parties to part ways.
“Celtic would make a really big profit, Dembele would leave with a lot of experience and memories – and Brendan already has a replacement in Edouard.”
Dembele has been linked with a move away from the Hoops plenty of times in the last year, with Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund the latest club to reportedly be interested in signing the hitman.
Football Insider verdict
Celtic can’t let Moussa Dembele’s future dominate the summer like it did in the January transfer window. Has the signing of Odsonne Edouard on a record deal changed the game when it comes to Dembele? Perhaps, but Brendan Rodgers will want to keep him at the club for the Champions League qualifiers. Dembele’s game was affected by the previous transfer speculation, and the Hoops can’t allow that to happen again, particularly with the all-important qualifiers looming. There’s little doubt that even with the signing of Edouard the Hoops would like to keep Dembele at the club for as long as possible. But if a good enough bid is submitted, by Dortmund or any other club, the Hoops board will have a big decision to make. It looks set to be another interesting summer for Dembele, and he will have to think long and hard about his immediate future, and if it lies away from Glasgow.
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