Video: Five Years Since The Dembelition Derby

It is hard to believe that five years have elapsed since Moussa Dembele inspired the Hoops to a famous 5-1 victory in the Glasgow Derby. For Moussa, Scott Sinclair, Dorus de Vries, Kolo Toure and manager Brendan Rodgers, the match was their first taste of such an occasion. It didn’t disappoint!

After a tense opening, Dembele powered Celtic into the lead with a towering header in the 33rd minute. Ten minutes later, the Frenchman made it 2-0 with a cool right footed finish after leaving Philippe Senderos in his wake.

Joe Garner briefly restored hope for the away side before half time, but Scott Sinclair put paid to that notion with an exquisite goal on the hour mark.

Having restored their two goal lead, Celtic coasted through the game until Senderos’ red card sparked things into life in the 75th minute. The Hoops then quickly pressed home their numerical advantage as Dembele completed a perfect hat-trick with a phenomenal left footed shot.

At 4-1, it really was party time but Celtic weren’t finished there. Substitute Stuart Armstrong still had to make his mark and the former Dundee United man rounded off the scoring in additional time with a well aimed strike from just inside the box.

The Dembelition Derby was complete!

About Author

Hailing from an Irish background, I grew up in Bournemouth with the good fortune to begin watching Celtic during the Martin O'Neill era. Still living on the south coast, I have a season ticket at Paradise and also travel to European away matches when possible. I have written four Celtic books since the age of 19: Our Stories & Our Songs: The Celtic Support, Take Me To Your Paradise: A History Of Celtic-Related Incidents & Events, Walfrid & The Bould Bhoys: Celtic's Founding Fathers, First Season & Early Stars, and The Holy Grounds of Glasgow Celtic: A Guide To Celtic Landmarks & Sites Of Interest. These were/are sold in Waterstones and official Celtic FC stores, and are available on Amazon.

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