Celtic were at the centre of controversy last August when star striker Moussa Dembele was announced as a Lyon player in a Scottish record deal worth £19.7m
Upon his arrival from Fulham, the Frenchman established himself as a key player for Celtic, scoring an impressive 26 league goals in 55 appearances. The 2016-17 season was particularly fruitful for the attacker, who scored 17 goals in a single campaign – not bad for a free signing.
Dembele was controversially allowed to leave for Lyon in the summer, a move that divided opinion among the Celtic faithful. He has since continued his prolific form, scoring 17 goals in all competitions in his debut campaign.
Here’s how the Celtic fans reacted to the news of his departure:
So Moussa Dembélé leaves Celtic under a massive cloud after all. Such a shame it had to come to that. Unless we bring in a quality replacement before midnight, this whole fiasco makes Celtic look incredibly weak.
— Andrew Angus (@_AndrewAngus) August 31, 2018
Be careful Lyon, when a player does this to one club and you praise his determination to come to your club, you may just rue the day you gave that praise. He might spit the dummy out with you guys in a year or two. Just a warning……
— Paul Wedlock (@PaulWedlock) September 1, 2018
Showed determination to get here.
When he wants out he will leave Lyon in the same manner he left Celtic.
He signed a contract. He manipulated the situation to leave. Celtic are well rid of him.
— MICHAEL (@MICKLE_M) September 1, 2018
What’s French for dodgy hamstring?
— Steven burns (@Stevenb2606) September 1, 2018
It certainly appears that the Celtic fans were less than happy in Dembele’s departure. Although he was indeed injury prone, the attacker’s departure must have had a negative impact on the quality of the squad. But he was never going to stay forever. In recuperating nearly £20m in his exit, Celtic arguably did well. However, where they really excelled was placing a 10% sell on clause as part of his transfer (according to The Sun).
In a more recent development, The Mirror have recently reported that both Manchester United and Arsenal are keeping a keen eye out for the young attacker who is still only 22 years of age. Having continued to play so well, the potential incoming could be another welcome addition to the Celtic transfer kitty.
Another added bonus that starts to make this transfer entirely positive for Celtic. They have continued to dominate domestically since the Frenchman’s departure. They have already all but wrapped up the league and have reached the Scottish Cup final in the process. The departure clearly hasn’t hit them as hard as once feared – but who knew the rewards would continue to come in?
Celtic fans – what are your thoughts now? Are you still happy that he left despite continuing to perform so well?