Celtic’s Moussa Dembele could be France’s next international star

As reported by The Herald, Moussa Dembele is in line for an international call-up from France after Didier Deschamps sent scouts to check on his progress last Saturday.

What’s the story?

Dembele hit his second hat-trick in as many games for Celtic against Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Saturday bringing his season’s goal tally to 26.

The Herald say that scouts from the French national team were in attendance and with ideal fixtures coming up next month to bring new players into the fold, Dembele is now set to win his first every senior international call-up.

If and when that happens, it should be no surprise given the praise France boss Didier Deschamps has dished out to Dembele recently.

As quoted by The Herald, Deschamps said last month:

We have quality youngsters who have yet to be selected but they will be. For instance we have Moussa Dembele at Celtic, who can provide an option in attack. He is a big talent. Sometimes you can promote the kids too soon, but some just have that ability that would make them hard to ignore. I will be spoiled for choice in 2017.

Given the report also states it’s not the first time France scouts have been Celtic games recently, it appears to be only a matter of time before Dembele is starring for Les Bleus.

A meteoric rise

Moussa Dembele’s rise to becoming one of the hottest young players in Europe has been one of the stories of the season so far, not just in Scotland, but across the continent too.

Three goals in the UEFA Champions League announced his arrival on the big stage and he’s also helping Celtic surge towards a potential domestic treble of trophies.

With 26 goals in 40 appearances, he seems to be getting better with each passing week and looks set to end the season with a monster goal tally.

Winning a French cap would be the icing on the cake for the 20 year old this season and Celtic would benefit too. The France national team is a much respected outfit and if he starts winning caps for them while still playing in Glasgow it only adds more value onto a rapidly ballooning potential transfer fee.