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6th Jun, 2017 | 7:23am

Tom Boyd delivers verdict on reported interest in Celtic 20-year-old

By Derek Smithson

Tom Boyd believes that Celtic forward Moussa Dembele should ignore reported interest from AC Milan and stay in Scotland for the next couple of seasons.

The 20-year-old enjoyed a superb first year with the Bhoys as they romped to an unbeaten domestic treble.

The France Under-21 international played a starring role in their success following his arrival from Fulham and that has seen some of Europe’s top clubs circle for his signature.

Sky Sports reported that Italian giants Milan are “in talks” to sign Dembele this summer, while Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea are also understood to be interested.

Celtic legend Boyd feels that the striker should ignore the interest and will best develop if he remains with his parent club.

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“I would say Dembele could stay here for at least another few years,” Boyd said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun. “You’ve got everything at Celtic you need — what kind of songs are they going to sing over in Milan about him?

“Dembele’s at a great club and don’t forget he’s still just 20, he’s only a young boy. Moussa needs a few years to develop fully. It’s the right environment at Celtic to help players progress, and although I think Dembele will eventually go, hopefully it won’t be in the near future.”

Dembele hit the ground running during his first season in Scotland and managed to dislodge teammate Leigh Griffiths as the first-choice striker.

He was an ever-present in Brendan Rodgers’ starting line-up and proved his class in front of goal.

The forward scored 32 goals in just 49 appearances across all competitions last season.

Dembele became an instant fan favourite after his stunning hat-trick in an Old Firm victory against Rangers, while also proving his class with goals in the Champions League group stages.

He is being tipped to become a future star in European football and it’s still unclear where he will be plying his trade next season.

In other Celtic transfer news, they have hit a snag in their pursuit of top-flight winger.

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