As reported by The Daily Record, Moussa Dembele’s national team manager has backed him to continue the progression he is currently making at Celtic.
Some Celtic supporters were surprised this week when Dembele wasn’t named in Didier Deschamps France squad to face Luxembourg and Spain over the next 10 days.
However, it does seem that Deschamps has been keeping track of the 20 year old striker and expects him to continue to improve.
As quoted by The Daily Record, the France boss said this week:
Moussa has made progress with Celtic. It is obvious he is going to be able to continue, to be able to perform well and to continue to progress. There are a lot of offensive players that we follow regularly and will continue to do so.
Given the amount of talent available to the national boss, it’s easy to understand why the likes of Dembele aren’t quite doing enough to make the squad. Is he ready to take that next step in his career when he does get the nod?
It’s clear that Moussa Dembele is having a stellar season at Celtic but at just 20 years of age, there are still question marks about his ability to lead the line for one of the best international outfits in the world.
Scoring 32 goals in 46 appearances this season, he’s been the driving force in a potentially historic season for Brendan Rodgers and his side.
However, he isn’t being tested against top opposition week in and week out, and the step up to international football may be tough.
He still has plenty of improving to do and given he’s being tracked regularly by national teams scouts, when he’s ready we’re sure it won’t be long to get the nod from Deschamps.
Taking that step up is probably the next big milestone in his burgeoning career and there’s no reason he can’t do it while at Celtic. Perhaps another season proving himself in the UEFA Champions League would be the tipping point on his international selection.