Saunders praises Celtic forward Moussa Dembele's qualities

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The former Liverpool and Aston Villa star showered praise on the 21-year-old for his performance in Brendan Rodgers’s squad

Former Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Dean Saunders has heaped praises on Celtic forward Moussa Demebele for his amazing work-rate and goalscoring qualities.

The 21-year-old joined the Celtic Park outfit from English Championship side Fulham as a free agent in 2016 and notched 17 Scottish Premier League goals in 29 games in his debut season.

And Saunders lauded the talisman’s qualities including his sharpness in front of goal and the type of goals he scores.

“Moussa Dembele is doing very well. When he was at Fulham, he was talked about as a striker with good potential,” Saunders told SundayPost.

“But since his move to Celtic, the bar has been raised, and he is now producing to a different level.

“First and foremost, I see the basics in him. He works hard, and he helps his team-mates by dropping off or running into a channel. Over and above Dembele’s work-rate and first-class attitude, he has wonderful talent.

“He also has the ability to create chances for himself. He will work hard to turn a nothing situation into a goalscoring chance. He’s quick and strong. So, yes, he has lots going for him.

“He scores all types of goals, from 20-yarders to the most simple of efforts from three yards out. He has clever movement and links the play very well."

Meanwhile, the former Benfica and Sheffield United forward stated that he is not surprised that the forward is courting interest from top European clubs with his amazing talent.

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He continued: “I’m not surprised that his play has attracted attention. Goalscorers are the highest commodity in football and they move from club to club for premium prices.

“But, at the moment, it looks as though the player is enjoying his football at Celtic and Brendan Rodgers and the Celtic supporters enjoy having him at the club.

“The partnerships between them all are working wonderfully well.”

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