‘Celtic don’t need to replace Dembele,’ ex-Celtic skipper

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FORMER Celtic captain Jackie McNamara reckons that Celtic should not rush into any deals to replace Moussa Dembele as his old club have enough striking talent already at the club to get the job done.

“With a player such as Dembele, it is difficult as you can only hold on to him for so long before bigger clubs with more finances from abroad or down south come calling.

“There were rumours he was going to leave in January before he picked up his injury.

“It was similar to the position I found myself in when I was manager of Dundee United and we sold Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven to Celtic.

“The big clubs will eventually come in with the big money and take your best players away. Although it is a fantastic piece of business for Celtic. They have spent £9million on Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths is there, as well.

“I haven’t seen enough of Lewis Morgan, but he is highly rated and they also have Scott Sinclair who hasn’t featured a lot this season.

“Celtic don’t need to replace Dembele this season as they still have enough quality in the forward areas to do well and continue winning trophies.”

Whether Brendan Rodgers agrees with that assessment remains to be seen.


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