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TT Introduces: The man to blame if Celtic don’t win the league, Moussa Dembele

TT Introduces: The man to blame if Celtic don’t win the league, Moussa Dembele

Second in the SPL table and six points behind Hearts, Celtic currently find themselves in an unfamiliar position under manager Brendan Rodgers.

While the club have dominated Scottish football for some time now, since Rodgers succeeded Ronny Deila in the Celtic Park dugout back in 2016, that dominance has reached a whole other level.

However, Celtic’s supremacy looks to be in danger with a lacklustre transfer window, which saw Moussa Dembele (now rated at £18m by Transfermarkt) depart on deadline day, largely to blame.

The Frenchman became the club’s leading marksman following his arrival from Fulham during the 2016 summer transfer window, and his exit to Ligue 1 outfit Lyon has now left his former side in quite the hole with Rodgers’ other front men having had their difficulties in front of goal this season.

Odsonne Edouard was able to grab a brace against Hibernian last Saturday in Celtic’s 4-2 win at Celtic Park, but the former Paris Saint-Germain man has struggled for form at points earlier in the campaign.

Meanwhile, Leigh Griffiths has only managed to find the back of the net once in eight SPL outings.

Quite frankly, Celtic look short up front and that falls down to Dembele deciding to kick up a fuss so late in the transfer window.

Given he only had two years remaining on his contract, the 22-year-old was always going to have enough leverage to force a move out of Celtic Park this summer. He could have easily fought for a transfer much earlier in the transfer window, giving Celtic enough time to bring in a replacement.

Failing to do so, however, has obviously done Celtic no favours and could end up being catastrophic for the club in their pursuit of an eighth consecutive SPL title.

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