Date: 30th August 2018 at 12:02am
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Moussa Dembele appears to be on the verge of a Celtic exit after a dramatic day of transfer speculation involving the Frenchman.

We discussed on Wednesday morning the fact that Dembele missed a team meeting and first-team training at Lennoxtown amidst speculation he could be set for a move to Ligue 1 to join up with Lyon or Marseille.

Brendan Rodgers later confirmed that the reason for his absence was to discuss his Celtic future with club chiefs and his agents, admitting that he had yet to determine whether the French striker would be available for tomorrow night’s clash against Suduva.

Later still, quotes emerged from Lyon president Jean-Michael Aulas confirming that the French giants were interested in his signature, even suggesting that the player himself was open to the move.

Then, to make matters worse for Celtic fans, Lyon confirmed in the early evening that they had agreed a fee with Real Madrid to sell star striker Mariano for a fee of around £30m.

That deal would appear to pave the way for Lyon to make their move over the next couple of days, with many fans now expecting Dembele’s imminent departure.

Everyone’s known since he arrived that one day he would be leaving Glasgow, but the suddenness of the potential deal appears to have taken us all by surprise, including the club.

We’ll see how it all pans out on Thursday and into Friday and hopefully if the club do sell then we can sign a third-choice striker of some repute to compete with Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths.

Dembele’s exit would mean that he follows Stuart Armstrong, Erik Sviatchenko and Patrick Roberts out the door this summer, and with no defensive signings on the horizon either, there’s a lot of work to be down by Peter Lawwell and his transfer team before Friday’s deadline.

Can Odsonne Edouard step into Moussa Dembele’s boots at Celtic? Have your say in the comments below…

 

4 Replies to “£30m deal paves way for another Celtic exit this summer”

  • Dramatizing the players who left is ridiculous! Patrick Roberts was not out player. Sviachenko was out of the team and out on loan, and Armstrong was cancerous to tge team. So as it stands, not one of the pkayers mentioned is a loss to Celtic!
    This crap only proves how idiots like you swallow the slime from the media, hook line and sinker!

  • God I am fed up with all this talk of players leaving ,if the players want to go then good bye again players that were going no where before we took them in made them better and where is the loyalty none .the problem is the time if the moves 2 days before the window closes i know this is our own fault too (a)The time is takes celtic to make a offer for someone or the value in which we want to pay CHEAP trying to hold on to the money (2) the number of players that we are after but nothing again (3) if the board don’t get anyone for this window and bhoy do we need help defenders midfielder and another striker because we are going to lose our no 10 .so Peter get the finger oot place your hand in your pocket or the tin box and take the money out place it on a table and buy buy buy buy because Peter no players I can see that the fans are and will demand your heads on the board ,Mr Rogers will be fine as he has informing you and us that he is unhappy about the speed or lack the tranfers .

  • Dembele was allways going to leave at some point as that we all knew BUT the question has to be asked WHY HAVE THE BOARD ALLOWED THIS TO HAPPEN WITH NOT EVEN THE HINT OF A REPLACEMENT. Simple facts are that this board are taking the piss out the fans by the way they have waited till the last minute to inform us of the situation. It is clear that the 2 champions league outings and the invincible season and 6 trophies in a row was enough for this board to play on and hope we are as GULLIBLE AS THE FRAUD SQUAD FANS FROM IBROX that the hoops fans are going to take this . Well the simple facts are that they won’t be treated with contempt and bad bad bad PR that borders on the obscene. Surely it’s time that peter lawell and the board take notice and make sure that we buy at LEAST 3 players . I honestly don’t think they will but I live in hope that they take fans concern EXTREMELY serious as it could have serious ramifications. GET THE CASH SPLASHED NOW !!!!!!

  • Only one thing to say,Regarding this Board of Ours.Football without Us Fans is NOTHING!!!Remember That PeterLawell…The Fans are Celtic.Not You and Your Cozy Crew..HfH

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