We’d see, Moussa, if Lyon are on another level to Celtic if this happens

MOUSSA DEMBELE seems to have turned a corner after a difficult start to his time at Lyon which he forced through on the last day of the summer transfer window.

Celtic picked up £20million on that deal and there was one or two beginning to question the wisdom of that expenditure in the French camp as Dembele failed to hit the ground running back in his homeland.

Now though with 5 goals in his last 6 games Dembele is settling into life at Lyon and has another meeting with Barcelona in the Champions League to look forward to.

The former Celtic player has ahead of the Champions League resuming with its knockout stages, has been reflecting on his move and his tricky start at his new club.

“When you come to a new club, it’s not always easy at first,” Moussa said.

“You have to learn a different style and work with a new coach and get his views.

“It certainly took me a bit of time, but I feel I am learning all the time.
“At Celtic, we had a lot of the ball and we played on the ground.

“But at Lyon, the football is at another level and it took time to adjust to it. It’s taken some time for me to make my mark, but I am getting there.

“I have been in good form recently and it would be nice to carry that on for the Champions League matches against Barcelona.

“I would be lying if I said I hadn’t thought about those two games.”

While the French league might be better than the Scottish Premiership, it would be foolish to dismiss Celtic’s chances should we come up against Dembele and Lyon in the Champions League in the next year or two.

It happened when Henrik left for Barcelona and Moussa is no Henrik and Lyon is no Barca!

We’d give them a game and we’d see if they are indeed on “another level” to Celtic.

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The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

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